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Article published 03/03/2022

Good cyber security measures

Our colleagues at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the UK’s technical authority on cyber security, has issued guidance for organisations on the steps they need to take to bolster the UK’s resilience against the heightened risk of malicious cyber incidents in and around Ukraine.

We know many organisations and businesses in the UK have well laid out plans and good cyber security measures in place. However, due to the nature of online global networks, attacks that occur overseas could have an impact on UK institutions, services and systems. Therefore, organisations and businesses are being urged to take action now.

Steps you can take to reduce the risk

While the NCSC is not aware of any current specific threats to UK organisations in relation to events in and around Ukraine, the guidance encourages organisations to follow actionable steps that reduce the risk of being impacted by cyber-attacks. These include:

  • Checking your patching systems (updates that address security vulnerabilities)
  • Improving access controls and enabling multi-factor authentication
  • Implementing an effective incident response plan
  • Checking that backups and restore mechanisms are working
  • Ensuring that online defences are working as expected
  • Keeping up to date with the latest threat and mitigation information

Further information

For further information read the government's cyber guidance where you’ll find relevant advice, actions and resources. This guidance explains in what circumstances the cyber threat might change, and outlines the steps an organisation can take in response to a heightened cyber threat. 

No current threats to the UK have been identified, but guidance will allow organisations to build resilience and stay ahead of potential threats. 

You can also follow the NCSC’s social media channels on LinkedIn and Twitter for further alerts and updates.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] who will be happy to assist.

Read the full press release.

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