Critical infrastructure in North America falls under the spotlight of hackers/APT groups again with a rising sophistication and an increased volume of target cyberattacks. Primary sectors that must stay on guard this week will be Water and wastewater industry, Utilities, Oil and gas, and manufacturing. This alert is being issued in the wake of rising cyberattacks from Russia’s geopolitical conflicts in the EU and its spill-over to the west. Sectrio’s researcher’s had accurately predicted this surge of cyberattacks coming into play before tensions with Ukraine-Russia were escalating at a record rate with no end in sight.
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Budding geopolitical conflicts in the Middle East and APAC suggest an early activation of cyber threats and attacks ramping up in the months ahead. Such brewing conflicts often begin with the defacement of notable web domains on the internet followed by a surge of misinformation. Similar to the events that took prior to the immediate escalation of the Ukraine-Russia conflict. We request our readers pay close attention to such factors. Early adoption of cybersecurity solutions will help security teams adapt to new methods and will go a long way in terms of simplifying their tasks and prioritizing the ones that need their immediate attention.
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Patching of known vulnerabilities is an immediate priority, but that is not enough anymore. It is vital that you have a complete view of the connected supply chains and technologies that are integrated into your networks. This is a must in 2022 as threat actors across the globe have been noticed to leverage new attack surfaces and gaps in complex networks as seen in an enterprise or a government body. Instances where printers and UPS systems were weaponized to carry out cyberattacks in the past and this trend is only going to grow until a robust cybersecurity solution provider such as Sectrio.
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Segments under this list must be on high alert in the coming weeks:
- Oil and gas
- Financial Services
- Critical Infrastructure
- Supply chains
- Energy Sector
- Water and wastewater treatment facilities
- Utility entities
- Maritime agencies
- Government Agencies