10 Things Every Organization Can Do Right Now to Protect Themselves from State-Sponsored Foreign Attacks!
by Mike Foster | February 23, 2022
Help protect your organization from attacks related to possible cyber-warfare. Ask your IT pros, in-house or outsourced, to:
- If your network firewall supports blocking data traffic by country, restrict all connections from all non-essential countries. You might need to allow traffic from specific addresses if one of your providers has a data center in another country.
- If you use Office 365, configure Conditional Access by Country to only accept users logging in from countries where your users will be when they access Office 365. You might need to upgrade your O365 license to enable conditional access by country.
- Configure firewalls on your websites and web applications to only accept connections from countries where you do business. Before limiting countries, ask your web developers if they use tools hosted in other countries. You’ll need to allow connections from those specific companies; else, your web application might malfunction.
- Block your users, in case they get fooled by a fraudulent email message, from accessing websites in countries and categories except those essential for business. When you configure web content filtering, you might be surprised to find out that some of the sites you use must connect to other countries to work correctly. Your team can allow those specific sites without enabling the entire country. Be careful not to overload your IT team with this recommendation.
- If you haven’t already, be sure to implement multi-factor authentication for your VPN, Microsoft Office 365, your privileged user accounts, social media accounts including LinkedIn, and anywhere attackers could inflict damage if they gain access.
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