WARNING: Increased Cybersecurity Threats for ALL Businesses & Individuals from Russian Hackers
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WARNING: Increased Cybersecurity Threats for ALL Businesses & Individuals from Russian Hackers

These days, cyberattack threats are always in the news – but even more so right now due to the situation with Russia and Ukraine. The news today is for all businesses, of every size, and every U.S. citizen to be very aware of and take proactive steps against cybersecurity threats. 

You must review all of your digital security now – for your business and for you personally.

If you aren’t sure how to assess your threat risk or don’t know how to discover the security gaps in your system, please contact Citynet today. Many of our solutions offer free trials and can be quickly deployed – and won’t break your budget. 

While a thorough review of your entire network security can take time, we strongly encourage you to at least take the following steps. Quickly.

Secure remote users’ access to your network & use a VPN Cisco AnyConnect enables secure access to your network from any device; Cisco Secure Endpoint detects threats and protects from advanced threats keeping your remote team securely working and Cisco Umbrella defends against threats from the Internet with layered security. Citynet can set you up with any or all of these solutions.

Set up two-factor or multi-factor authentication (2FA or MFA). This basically means having more than one device verify your identity for access to secure sites or areas. We can provide you with a free trial of DUO by Cisco. It’s easy to use and fast to deploy for office and remote workers.

Make sure that all of your software and antivirus/antimalware applications are up to date. Citynet monitors and updates covered systems with our CityCare solution proving security and peace of mind. 

Make sure all employees are using unique, strong passwords. LastPass for Enterprise is the leading password security and management solution. Contact us today and we will get you started on a free trial so you can increase your security on this critical task quickly. 

Additional Steps:

Train Your Employees

Your employees are your first line of defense against digital threats. Provide critical security awareness training so your team can recognize the latest threat tactics- and stop them in their tracks. We partner with KnowBe4, the respected leader in security awareness training

Backup Your Data

Today’s complex threats require you to have a more sophisticated approach to backing up your data. Citynet can help. We offer multiple data protection solutions including those from Veeam, an industry leader. Veeam modernizes backups, disaster recovery, and data protection across virtual, physical, and multi-cloud infrastructures.

Seriously Increase Your Security Stance

Citynet is proud to partner with Huntress, a leader in preventative network security. Huntress finds and stops hidden threats that sneak past preventive security – so you can be protected from footholds, ransomware, and other threats. Contact Citynet today and let’s start protecting your network.

The following is from the United States Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Read the full CISA post here: https://www.cisa.gov/shields-up 

CISA recommends all organizations—regardless of size—adopt a heightened posture when it comes to cybersecurity and protecting their most critical assets. Recommended actions include:

Reduce the likelihood of a damaging cyber intrusion

  • Validate that all remote access to the organization’s network and privileged or administrative access requires multi-factor authentication.
  • Ensure that software is up to date, prioritizing updates that address known exploited vulnerabilities identified by CISA.
  • Confirm that the organization’s IT personnel have disabled all ports and protocols that are not essential for business purposes.
  • If the organization is using cloud services, ensure that IT personnel have reviewed and implemented strong controls outlined in CISA’s guidance.
  • Sign up for CISA’s free cyber hygiene services, including vulnerability scanning, to help reduce exposure to threats.

Take steps to quickly detect a potential intrusion

  • Ensure that cybersecurity/IT personnel are focused on identifying and quickly assessing any unexpected or unusual network behavior. Enable logging in order to better investigate issues or events.
  • Confirm that the organization’s entire network is protected by antivirus/antimalware software and that signatures in these tools are updated.
  • If working with Ukrainian organizations, take extra care to monitor, inspect, and isolate traffic from those organizations; closely review access controls for that traffic.

Ensure that the organization is prepared to respond if an intrusion occurs

  • Designate a crisis-response team with main points of contact for a suspected cybersecurity incident and roles/responsibilities within the organization, including technology, communications, legal, and business continuity.
  • Assure availability of key personnel; identify means to provide surge support for responding to an incident.
  • Conduct a tabletop exercise to ensure that all participants understand their roles during an incident.

Maximize the organization’s resilience to a destructive cyber incident

  • Test backup procedures to ensure that critical data can be rapidly restored if the organization is impacted by ransomware or a destructive cyberattack; ensure that backups are isolated from network connections.
  • If using industrial control systems or operational technology, conduct a test of manual controls to ensure that critical functions remain operable if the organization’s network is unavailable or untrusted.

Read the full post from CISA here: https://www.cisa.gov/shields-up.

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