Last month we spoke a little about the increase in Spear Phishing and its devastating effects on Sony, but now it seems that the next strike in the cyber war has resulted in North Korea’s internet being shut down.
The attack on Sony, which seems to be a response to Sony’s The Interview, breached Sony’s security and leaked several unreleased films as well as the possible theft of employee’s personal data. It has been suggested that the attack was in part due to outdated OS systems and lax cyber security. It is scary to think it but the simple act of clicking on a link may have cost Sony millions of dollars in lost revenue as well as international humiliation.
But now it seems as though North Korea’s admittedly small internet went offline several times within the a relatively short space of time. While some conspiracy theorists have suggested that this is a revenge act by Sony, internet analysts have rather suggested that North Korea’s internet is in fact so small and poorly maintained that almost any hacker could institute a DDoS attack on it and bring North Korea’s miniscule internet to its knees. Either way, while this is not the start of an all out cyber war, it does highlight the increasing need for suitable cyber security. Internet analysts have already suggested that North Korea and other ‘rogue’ states/organizations are already mounting millions of cyber-attacks against enemies, and industrial espionage is no new thing.
What does it mean for your company?
So once again, this isn’t the start of an all out cyber war, but rather a reminder that everybody needs to ensure that their internet security is up to date and that all employees have sufficient training when it comes to cyber vigilance:
- Don’t install if it isn’t essential: Most companies have clear rules as to what can and can’t be installed. Employees need to know these policies and abide by them
- Password policies: It is strange to say this, but there are still employees without strong passwords.
- Don’t click it: If your employees aren’t sure about links or software they should avoid them completely or get somebody from tech to look over it.
- Back it up!: With ransomware becoming more common, frequent backups and cloud backups are more essential than ever.
- Speak up!: Create a workplace environment where employees are comfortable to speak up immediately if they suspect that there is anything suspicious on their computers.
Have a company digital policy and ensure that all employees are aware of digital awareness! Don’t forget that vigilance, not paranoia is the watchword when it comes to digital security!