April 1, 2022
Given the current warnings issued by the Biden administration regarding imminent Russian cyberattacks against the U.S. and its allies, Mission Critical Global Alliance (MCGA) would like to remind those operating in mission critical environments to immediately take the following actions to significantly mitigate their exposure to a cyberattack:
Train operators, supervisors, and managers to anticipate a cybersecurity incident and know how to respond.
Educate all staff, management, and contractors on good cyber hygiene habits
Remind employees to report anything that does not look normal
Verify that emergency response plans (ERPs) are up to date, staff are appropriately trained in their roles, and the plans are tested
Verify the operating systems on all devices, systems are backed up (off site), security patches are current, and that the process to restore from backups works
Install intrusion detection and prevention hardware and software
Verify that all physical security systems are functioning properly (e.g., gates, locks, motion detections, cameras) and have the systems monitored 24/7
Disconnect, disable, or remove all remote access capabilities
Ensure anti-malware protection is in place and up to date
Kevin Edwards, (703) 653-0596, firstname.lastname@example.org
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