Sunday, April 14, 2024

Are you prepared for major downtime? And I am not talking about a vacation

There has never been a more important time for business operators to ensure that their mission-critical data is backed up in a very secure place. You might want to consider emergency planning measures while you are at it.

In the simplest terms, the Russian government is not thrilled with the idea that the federal governments of the United States and Canada are throwing major support behind Ukraine as Russian troops gather in large numbers along the border.

We should all know by now that Russians are pretty skilled on computers. There have been countless attacks on North American businesses and individuals blamed on Russian hackers. The highest-profile example came last May when a cyberterrorism group that the FBI said was based in Russia showed it could bring critical infrastructure to its knees – Major U.S. pipeline shut down by cyberattack.

Today, in what is quite unlikely to be a coincidence, Global Affairs Canada is contending with what a Global News source called a “cyber attack” – Global Affairs Canada suffers ‘cyber attack’ amid Russia-Ukraine tensions: sources.

This could be just the start. If you and your business are not prepared for a major hacking event and extended downtime that could come with an attack on critical infrastructure, you should act now.

Let’s prepare for the worst while we hope for peace.

Rob Driscoll
Rob Driscoll
Rob Driscoll is co-founder and president of BIG Media Ltd. He is a writer and entrepreneur who is deeply committed to elevating the level of coverage of our society's most pressing matters as well as the level of respect in public discourse.
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