A new age of cybersecurity: How to protect against a cyberattack

INDIANA – The ongoing turmoil in Ukraine continues to have a rippling effect across the world as Russia’s aggression shows no signs of slowing down. From fuel prices to international diplomacy, the conflict has the potential to bring us to a new dawn in global relations.

In addition to its nuclear arsenal, Russia also has significant weapons at its disposal to wreak havoc on the cyber world. Experts predict ongoing cyberattacks on Ukraine, the United States, and other allies—some of these could impact the world like never before.

The federal government has been explicit in its warnings that Russian operatives are planning to attack the infrastructure of the country as a way of fighting against the many economic sanctions placed on Russia by the United States.

U.S. President Biden recently warned the U.S. needs to take cybersecurity risks seriously because it’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when.

“If you have not already done so, I urge our private sector partners to harden your cyber defenses immediately by implementing the best practices we have developed together over the last year,” Biden said. “You have the power, the capacity, and the responsibility to strengthen the cybersecurity and resilience of the critical services and technologies on which Americans rely.

“We need everyone to do their part, to meet one of the defining threats of our time—your vigilance and urgency today can prevent or mitigate attacks tomorrow,” Biden added.

One important step toward cybersecurity is to update Continuity of Operations (COOP) or Continuity of Government (COG) plans.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security and FEMA offer robust resources to help an agency prepare for a disruptive event. Scott Huffman serves as the Indiana Continuity Planning Manager and has expertise in helping you determine those essential systems and personnel necessary to provide basic services.

Please take the time to review your plans and learn more about the real threat of cyber-attacks to Indiana and beyond. Preparation and planning provide the best protection from cyber risks, which have never been greater across the world.

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