Warnings of cyberattacks after Russian invasion of Ukraine

The scene near a military building after an apparent Russian strike in Kiev

COMPANIES have been warned to be extra vigilant on cybersecurity after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine pitted it against Western powers.

Poole-based C3IA Solutions warned that cyberattacks on UK businesses posed a real and growing threat.

He said companies that supply the Ministry of Defense or the government are particularly at risk.

Russia has been accused of orchestrating a number of cyberattacks on Ukraine before the invasion, including on its power grid, banks and official websites.

Jim Hawkins of C3IA Solutions, which was one of the first companies certified by the National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC), said: “Cyberattacks do not respect international borders and the risk of overspill, intentional or no, is why the NCSC has said the UK’s cyber risk has been increased.

“NCSC and the Center for National Infrastructure Protection (CPNI) have warned organizations to review their cybersecurity resilience.

“Having the Cyber ​​Essentials certification is always something we recommend as a baseline level of security. But there are other things businesses can do to improve their resilience.

“All systems must be patched, especially those with vulnerabilities known to have been exploited, critical services must be backed up, and incident response plans tested for functionality.

“Multi-factor authentication should be implemented, and we recommend companies follow NCSC guidelines on password management.

“Educating staff about the risks and how to recognize them is also an important step.”

Internet security firm Eset, with UK headquarters in Bournemouth, said yesterday that a number of Ukrainian organizations had been hit by malware, shortly after several key websites were taken offline .

Boris Johnson yesterday said Britain ‘cannot and will not just look away’ from Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and pledged to unite with allies to respond with a massive set of sanctions designed to “hinder the Russian economy”.

“This act of wanton and reckless aggression is not just an attack on Ukraine, it is an attack on democracy and freedom in Eastern Europe and around the world,” Johnson said in a statement. a televised speech.

He claimed that the Russian president had “started war on our European continent”, attacking “without any provocation and without any credible excuse”.

The Prime Minister said: “Countless missiles and bombs rained down on an entirely innocent population. A vast invasion is underway by land, sea and air.

“We, and the world, cannot allow this freedom to be simply stifled. We simply cannot and do not want to look the other way.

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