Increasing website security against state sponsored attacks

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In light of recent world events, both WordPress and the National Cyber Security Centre have issued recommendations and information regarding increasing online security from Russian cyber attacks. Vigilance is being requested from both small businesses and international companies, to help identify and avoid an expected increase in Russian cyber crime activity. So what can your business do to stay safe? Well, here at Creative Network Solutions, we are Manchester’s leading IT support and network services experts. From secure remote access services to business VoIP, we are the team you can count on. And this is our guide to everything you should know about current advisories regarding Russia cyber crime.

WordFence advises all online businesses to be vigilant

WordFence is a WordPress security company that has issued advice for online publishers for increased vigilance across the next few days and weeks ahead. While it has acknowledged that an increase in Russian hacking and criminal activity has not been seen yet, it is expected to increase in line with Russian aggression. And while Russia has a long history of targeting government departments and resources, there is a high probability that commercial sites could become the future targets. In fact, the founder of WordPress specifically advised:

“If you run a business, I’d like to advise you to enter a higher state of vigilance.”

What does the NCSC advise?

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is part of GCHQ, and is asking companies and organisations to go beyond vigilance and to act now to follow guidance and improve resilience to cyber attacks. This is in line with the cyber threat level being raised globally due to Russian aggression.

Recent Developments

On Wednesday the 23rd February 2022, intelligence agencies in the UK and the US published a cyber report that has attributed a new malware to a notorious Russia-backed hacking group. Published by the NCSC in the UK and the NSA in the US, the report warned that the notorious hacker group Sandworm, that are backed by the Russian state, have developed a new type of malware called Cyclops Blink. This is designed to target firewall devices made by the manufacturer Watchguard to protect computers against hacks. While this has been issued as an advisory, and was bring researched before the attack on Ukraine, it does present a tangible threat to British companies and organisations online.

What are the most important steps for increasing website security against state sponsored attacks?

The NCSC has issued detailed actionable steps that companies and businesses can take to increase website security. These include:

  • Checking system patching
  • Verifying access controls
  • Logging and monitoring
  • Testing defences
  • Review your backups
  • Create a new incident plan or review the existing one
  • Check your internet footprint
  • Secure third party access

For more information or advice, why not ask the experts today, here at Creative Network Solutions.