We’ve all been struck by the crisis unfolding in Ukraine. The unrest has raised questions from customers about the possibility of cyber-attacks on the United States.
At BankFive, we maintain strict controls on our information technology, but as we have seen in recent news, hackers are aggressive in attacking both government, public and private industries. All businesses must be vigilant in our preparation of security measures. The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
recently issued a statement about the Ukraine and Russia conflict and issued a warning that all organizations should be “prepared to respond to disruptive cyber activity.”
What can you do to keep yourself and your business safe?
For personal devices and online banking:
• Update and maintain secure complex passwords.
• Never share your username or password, or authentication code with anyone.
• Make sure your devices are running the most up-to-date operating system.
• Be cautious about unsecure websites and public Wifi.
• Evaluate your reliance on technology and the business controls you have in place.
• Test and refresh your incident response plan. Make sure your communication plan is prepared in the event of a cyber event.
• Make sure security patches are in place and that software is current.
• Understand the threat of a Corporate Account Takeover.
Visit the following websites to learn more about how to protect your small business:
• Visit CISA for a complete list of business actions.
• Federal Communications Commission: 10 Cybersecurity Strategies for Small Businesses
• Better Business Bureau: BBB Tip: Data Privacy