With tensions rising across the world with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine the tension is also rising in the Cyberverse. Russia has been known to conduct cyber-attacks. The identification of destructive malware is particularly alarming given that similar malware has been deployed in the past—e.g., NotPetya and WannaCry ransomware—to cause significant, widespread damage to critical infrastructure.
The ransomware is more to do with harm, than put the devices up for ransom, this ransomware is programmed to attack the device and leave it inoperable!
Microsoft wrote “Our investigation teams have identified the malware on dozens of impacted systems and that number could grow as our investigation continues. These systems span multiple government, non-profit, and information technology organizations, all based in Ukraine. It is unlikely these impacted systems represent the full scope of impact as other organizations are reporting.”
Implement Defensive Strategies
CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) has provided several Insights
The following are actionable items that our Cybersecurity team can assist with, to strengthen your Cyberdefense.
- Conduct assessments (includes phishing campaigns) to identify and mitigate risks due to vulnerable systems and users. Assessments should be tailored to the business needs of the organization and types of information systems deployed (e.g., On-premises, Cloud, etc.).
- Conduct Security Awareness and Training programs to quickly disseminate information and prepare personnel.
- Patch vulnerable systems and provide related risk mitigation solutions and strategies.
- Implement multifactor authentication solutions.
- Implement Backup solutions for critical information.
- Prepare access control lists and analyze remote access to critical infrastructure at periodic intervals.
- Test Security Controls – evaluate and analyze (include backups!).
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