Protiviti advises organisations on guarding against possible Iranian cyber attacks

In light of the recent warnings around potential Iranian cyber attacks, global consulting firm Protiviti has laid out steps companies should take to protect themselves against cyber threats. Jonathan Wyatt, global head of Protiviti Digital, recommends that organisations determine to deter, identify and respond to cyber attacks.

Enhance security awareness

Organisations should continue ongoing efforts to keep employees engaged and motivated and, in view of the present environment, turn up the volume in their communications on this issue. In addition, they should increase awareness through testing for sophisticated phishing attacks and also ensure the organisation has updated information on indicators of compromise for recent attacks.

Identify the most critical systems, applications, infrastructure and third party needs to support important business services

Organisations cannot maintain and build resilience in the face of significant cyber threats unless they have a clear understanding of their environment and the most important elements that enable the business to function.

Implement mitigating controls to protect those critical technologies that cannot be patched

These technologies may include medical devices, industrial control systems and legacy applications, such as network segmentation and other solutions.

Seek and share the latest cyber threat information

Sharing of cyber threat information among businesses, as well as between Government and business, could help mitigate attacks from nation states. Companies should connect with an ISAC to ensure that they have the latest information to hand.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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