According to a recent Washington Post article, tensions between the United States and Iran have gone digital, as the United States recently launched a cyber attack against the Islamic Republic’s rocket and missile launching systems in response to the Iranian drowning of a U.S. military drone.
In the past, most enterprises could carry on with “business as usual” in the face of any international shake-up. However, according to the director of the Homeland Security Department’s cybersecurity division, U.S. companies are now on the front lines, and according to cybersecurity experts, these enterprises should be preparing for battle against retaliatory Iranian cyber attacks.
Targeting the weakest link
Many questions arise from this threat, but mainly “why are they targeting U.S. corporations instead of the U.S. government or military?”.
Quite simply, Iranian hackers are working smarter, not harder.
Why target highly protected and encrypted U.S. government departments and systems, when attacking the heartbeat of the American economy, U.S. businesses, is much easier and much more effective?
Even if your company has some level of cybersecurity measures in place, there is still a chance that you are at risk.
No matter how simple or robust a company’s security posture is, just one unprotected endpoint (laptop, printer, VoIP system, IoT device, mobile phone or any other IP-enabled device) can grant a hacker access to the corporate network.
And even if your company is completely protected, the entirety of your supply chain may not be - creating further vulnerabilities that hackers can use to exploit and access sensitive data.
What to expect
As reported in a recent Washington Post article, Iranian cyber attacks could involve a variety of hacking methods.
Most notably, the attacks are targeting U.S. companies with specialized, malicious software designed to completely wipe the contents of computer networks.
Other reports predict Iran may also begin targeting companies with Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, locking computers until a fine is paid.
These cyberattacks are already incredibly costly. The average cost of a malware attack on a company is $2.4 million, and the global ransomware cost from DDoS attacks exceeds $5 billion.
The unsecured printer, laptop, or IoT device could be the weak link that incurs severe financial penalties for your company in terms of lost revenue and/or lost customers and sales opportunities. And with the speculated escalation of Iranian malware attacks, the financial impact on the companies that are targeted could be catastrophic.
Defending against global cyber threats
With the increase in threats against U.S. corporations from foreign state-sponsored actors, swiftly increasing protection for all devices is paramount to securing a company’s precious data.
Attila’s award winning, government-grade GoSilent Platform is designed to protect against cyber attacks, zero-day DDoS attacks and personal identity theft, and can be easily integrated with both next-generation and legacy systems.
Learn more about how Attila Security’s products and services can secure your company’s network against even the most powerful of attacks.