The United States, Ukraine, the UK, and several other western nations have been the target of brazen Russian cyber operations in recent years. Just days ago, Ukraine reported “evidence” Russia was again behind a massive cyber-attack that knocked out key government websites, while Microsoft warned the hack could be far worse than what was first thought. With Russia and Ukraine again on the cusp of military engagement, allied governments are warning corporations to anticipate fresh cybersecurity attacks should Russian troops invade Ukraine.
Russian Cyber-Attacks Increased Last YearFrom July 2020 to June 2021, 58% of all cyber-attacks observed by Microsoft from Nation-states have come from Russia. And attacks from Russian nation-state actors are increasingly effective, jumping from a 21% successful compromise rate last year to a 32% rate this year. Russian nation-state actors are increasingly targeting government agencies for intelligence gathering, which jumped from 3% of their targets a year ago to 53% – largely agencies involved in foreign policy, national security, or defense. The top three countries targeted by Russian nation-state actors were the United States, Ukraine, and the UK. U.S. officials say Russian spies and Russian cybercriminals are continuously hacking into American computer systems. Some analysts say what Russian President Vladamir Putin is aiming at in cyberspace is to force the United States to engage with Russia as an equal.
Common Russian Cyber-AttacksRussian hackers deploy many of the common types of cyberattacks used by domestic hackers. Cybersecurity threats you might have heard of before or perhaps encountered in the past: backdoors, phishing emails, ransomware, etc.
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Elements of CybersecurityEnsuring cybersecurity requires the coordination of efforts throughout an information system, which includes:
- Email security
- Infrastructure security
- Network security
- Zero-Day Threat Solution
- Disaster recovery/business continuity planning
- Operational security
- End-user education
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- An executive summary
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- Methods and tools used
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- Summary of findings and recommendations
- Assessment results:
- General control review
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- Recommended actions