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Cyber Self-Preservation

The war in Ukraine serves as a stark reminder that “the enemy isn’t always visible” when it

comes to protecting ourselves and our Business Interests.

The WSJ said: "The wiper malware—this version is being called HermeticWiper by

researchers—could mark an escalation in cyberattacks against various Ukrainian targets,

security experts said. Websites of government agencies and banks were disrupted on

Wednesday, and on Thursday, that of the Kyiv Post, an English-language newspaper." “While

there are no specific threats to the U.S. at this time, all companies must be prepared for

cyberattacks, whether targeted or not,”

Let’s all remember the basics for protecting our valuable assets:

● Make sure your backups work and test your restore function, not for just files but whole


● Patch all known vulnerabilities and test the patches

● Utilize a third party, Western-based certified professional service to watch over your

systems and stop attacks before they occur and cause damage

● Deploy strong Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to as many associates as you can and

ensure they are utilizing it.

● Help your associates be a part of the solution! Step all associates through a current

security awareness training module to keep them on their toes with security top of mind.

As an aside, Criminals will start new, devious charity campaigns that claim to help people in

Ukraine. Remind your users to --only-- use legit charities they are already familiar with and to

never click on a link in an email of a charity claiming to help Ukraine war victims, especially from your company computers.

Credit: CyberheistNews Vol 12 Mar. 1st., 2022

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