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Everyone Needs To Be Vigilant Right Now When It Comes To Cyber Security

Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned that U.S. citizens, businesses, and organizations at all levels could face cyber threats stemming from “the potential for the Russian government to consider escalating its destabilizing actions” beyond Ukraine.

As part of a website that it is calling, “Shields Up,” the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is encouraging all businesses, agencies, and other organizations to take proactive steps today to make sure their “most critical digital assets” are protected.

Cyberattacks that involve data breaches can cause logistical headaches as customers deal with the impacts of compromised accounts, data breaches, and even stolen identities. However, cyberattacks can cause problems that go beyond a nuisance to downright chaos. Over the past few years we have seen countless ransomware attacks that have affected our country’s infrastructure.

So what should we be doing right now?

On a personal level, it means you need to make sure your safety software on your home computer is up to date. It also means never ever clicking on a link that is texted or emailed to you. Not even if it supposedly came from Aunt Gladys, the IRS, or that college chum that you just reconnected with on Facebook. If the message has a link, just assume it’s a hacker impersonating someone you trust.

As for businesses and organizations, they now need to think about cyberattacks the same way they would think about natural disasters, such as hurricanes or earthquakes. They need to realize that such events will undoubtedly impact their business at some point, analyze their risk, and create disaster recovery plans to mitigate the damage when they do occur to keep their operations running.

Cyber liability insurance should be a major element of that recovery plan and WE CAN HELP YOU WITH THAT. We can help you figure out what coverages will best protect your business. Contact us today for a custom Cyber Liability quote for your business or organization, or give us a call at 717-872-7756 today!