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UK organisations encouraged to review cyber security in response to situation in and around Ukraine
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has urged UK organisations to bolster their cyber security resilience in response to the malicious cyber incidents in and around Ukraine. The advice comes after the NCSC, which is part of GCHQ, updated its guidance to UK companies and organisations in January 2022.
The NCSC is investigating reports of malicious cyber incidents in Ukraine. Incidents of this nature are similar to a pattern of Russian behaviour seen before in previous situations, including the destructive NotPetya attack in 2017 and cyber attacks against Georgia. The UK Government has attributed responsibility for both these attacks to the Russian Government.
While the NCSC says it is not aware of any current specific threats to UK organisations in relation to events in and around Ukraine, the guidance encourages organisations to follow actionable steps that reduce the risk of falling victim to an attack, including:
- Patching systems.
- Improving access controls and enabling multi-factor authentication.
- Implementing an effective incident response plan.
- Checking that backups and restore mechanisms are working.
- Ensuring that online defences are working as expected.
- Keeping up to date with the latest threat and mitigation information.
Paul Chicester, NCSC Director of Operations, said, "The NCSC is committed to raising awareness of evolving cyber threats and presenting actionable steps to mitigate them. We are monitoring the situation closely, and it is vital that organisations follow the guidance to ensure they are resilient.
"Over several years, we have observed a pattern of malicious Russian behaviour in cyberspace. The incidents in Ukraine bear the hallmarks of similar Russian activity we have observed before."
This article originally appeared under the headline, 'UK organisations encouraged to take action in response to current situation in and around Ukraine' on the CIAT website. It was published on 28 January 2022.
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