Critical infrastructure sectors in the United States are on the highest alert and on the watch out for any cyber incidents following four cyber advisories asking all to have their shields up. These advisories come from prominent cybersecurity agencies in the United States and its allies abroad.
These advisories suggest having a heightened overall cybersecurity posture, ample visibility on connected assets, quick threat detection capabilities, and an incident response plan/playbooks available at a moment’s notice.
The issued advisories not only apply to critical infrastructure segments but also extends to all business regardless of their size or revenue generated. Strictly monitor traffic if you or your organization deals with Ukrainian entities.
The convergence of IoT, OT, and IT is one attack surface area where threat actors seem to be interested in exploiting a lot, this is considering the complexities involved in such a integrations and un-identified vulnerablites that are yet to be exploited. This also includes ICS, SCADA, PLCs, IIoT deployments and digital transformation projects.
The same threat has been identified and replicated in manufacturing, oil and gas, maritime segments across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. An added layer of caution is advisable to have in the following weeks.
With all governments and nations on high alert of a prelude to war amidst heightened geopolitical tensions. It is imperative not to fatigue your cybersecurity teams early on and pre-incident. we urge all to maintain a healthy shift balance during these times.
We urge all to report supected cyber incidents to the right authorities early on to provied vital information as it is important to conduct forensics and investigate the matter in much further detail.
Segments under this list must be on high alert in the coming weeks:
- Critical Infrastructure
- Water and wastewater treatment facilities
- Supply chains
- Energy Sector
- Oil and gas
- Utility entities
- Manufacturing plants
- Maritime agencies
- Government Agencies
- Financial services