Press Release: Cyber Aggression by Iran

For Immediate Release
Contact: Andrea Domoslai | (208) 326-0123 | andrea@simplicittech.com

Officials Warn of Cyber Aggression by Iran

Businesses should heighten security and increase vigilance based on Iran’s patterns

FILER, ID – Stemming from Iran’s vow to exact revenge for the death of Qasem Soleimani, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a bulletin Monday warning about potential cyber-attacks by Iran.

Iran has launched multiple missile attacks on bases where US troops are stationed in Iraq following the drone strike that killed Soleimani. Experts say it’s possible they will also engage in retaliatory cyberwarfare targeting private and government entities.

Iran is no stranger to this type of behavior. The country has been building up its cyber offenses for the past decade and has been linked to attacks on Saudi Arabia and US-based Sands Las Vegas Casino in the past. Iranian hackers often utilize ransomware and denial of service (DoS) attacks to disrupt network operations.

In light of this threat, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security recommend that businesses increase their vigilance and tighten their security protocols. Businesses should protect themselves by doing the following:

  • Shut off unnecessary ports and protocols. Review which ports can be accessed from the outside and determine if they should be isolated. Monitor all ports for malicious activity. 
  • Enhance monitoring. Watch network and email traffic more closely, watching for potential phishing or malware attempts.
  • Apply patches. Ensure that all equipment on your network is running the most up to date version with appropriate security patches.
  • Apply proper administrative control. Only provide administrative access to those that need it, enable logging of commands, and track those with access closely.
  • Ensure backups are up to date and working. Make sure that all relevant data is accurately backed up in case of an incident. Test the backup to ensure it is working properly.

“A security-first mindset should go into every business decision. It shouldn’t be a thing to consider after the fact. While it’s possible that Iran may attack imminently, it is just one of many countries we should be mindful of. It’s also possible they could wait for several months until people return to a normal state of awareness or that other hackers may take this as an opportunity to attack. Situations like this provide us the opportunity to reflect and review current security measures and ensure adequate steps are being taken,” says Pedro Baptista, Operations Lead and Cybersecurity Expert at SimplicIT Technical Solutions. 

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Website: www.simplicittech.com
Address: 400 Main Street, Filer, ID 83328
Phone: (208) 326-3800  

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