In response to reports of an increase in cybersecurity threats, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has warned that Iran may attempt to retaliate with spear-phishing strike back attacks against the U.S. if the tension in the Middle East continues to escalate.

Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher C. Krebs issued the following statement:

“Iranian regime actors and proxies are increasingly using destructive ‘wiper’ attacks, looking to do much more than just steal data and money. These efforts are often enabled through common tactics like spear phishing, password spraying, and credential stuffing. What might start as an account compromise, where you think you might just lose data, can quickly become a situation where you’ve lost your whole network.

In times like these it’s important to make sure you’ve shored up your basic defenses, like using multi-factor authentication, and if you suspect an incident – take it seriously and act quickly. You can find other tips and best practices for staying safe online here.”

Now is a good time to make sure your cybersecurity defenses are fortified. This includes reminding employees about social engineering and phishing attacks.

Homeland security has provided these tips and best practices for staying safe online, including the following:

•    Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks
•    Password Spraying — Brute Force Attacks
•    Choosing and Protecting Passwords
•    Supplementing Passwords

If you need help strengthening cybersecurity defenses or have questions about what protections you have in place and what you might still need, contact ACE IT Solutions at 646.558.5575.


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