Security Tips to Prevent Cyber Attacks on 9/11

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Sep 10, 2013 07:17 am PST

If you are worried about the increased risk of hactivist attacks this week on 9/11,  Tripwire can offer security tips for businesses from a few of their security experts:

From Dwayne Melancon, chief technology officer:

“This is a perfect time to encourage people to change passwords, especially on critical systems.  This simple step can mitigate the impact risk of passwords that have been leaked or stolen.”

From Craig Young, security researcher:

“Businesses concerned about cyber attacks on 9/11 should emphasize the risks of phishing campaigns to all employees.  This should include reminders not to provide usernames and passwords after clicking on emailed links, even when they appear to come from legitimate sources.

Infosec teams should also double down on vulnerability scanning and patching – particularly for threats where exploits are publicly available.

Externally facing web servers are a common point of entry for intruders, file integrity monitoring on these systems can greatly improve the chances of detecting a breach before the business is compromised.”

From Ken Westin, security researcher:

“The most important thing businesses can do is communicate to employees about  the increased risk during this time period. IT staff in particular need to be hyper vigilant. Clear lines of communication should be established so employees can quickly report any security-related issues they experience or notice with any external services they use including company websites and social media accounts.

If you don’t already have a plan in place to respond to a compromised system or account, now is a great time to put one in place.”