At Block Insurance, we are looking forward to this year’s Christmas and New Year holiday season. Time with family…and the time away from the office…is always necessary to reconnect and recharge heading into the new year.
However, the FBI and CISA have noticed a disturbing trend associated with time away from work. In 2021 cyber crime has spiked on holidays, as cyber-criminals see the time away from the office as primetime for an attack. With network defenders and local IT support taking breaks as well, hackers use the holidays as a time to ramp up attempts at network exploitation. 2021 has seen major attacks to the energy, food, and agricultural sector around Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and 4th of July…and the feds expect late December/ early January to be no different.
So how can we best protect our businesses while we are with family?
Make an offline backup of your data.
Do not click on suspicious links.
Use strong passwords.
Use multi-factor authentication.
Have an incident response plan.
Note: for help with developing your plan, review available incident response guidance, such as the Public Power Cyber Incident Response Playbook and the Ransomware Response Checklist in the CISA-MS-ISAC Joint Ransomware Guide.
Use the Ransomware Response Checklist in case of infection.
If your organization is impacted by a ransomware incident, the FBI and CISA recommend the following actions.
As always, the more you know about your coverage, the better off you are! Merry Christmas!