2020 Begins With Cyber Threats from Iran
In light of heightened tensions with Iran, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently issued a warning for potential state-sponsored cyber attacks. The warning discussed several threats including the following:
- Disruptive and destructive cyber operations against strategic targets, including finance, energy, and telecommunications organizations, and an increased interest in industrial control systems and operational technology.
- Cyber-enabled espionage and intellectual property theft targeting a variety of industries and organizations to enable a better understanding of our strategic direction and policy-making.
Government assets are not the only target for “hackers-for-hire” employed by Iran in the past. Cloud providers, data aggregators, and managed security providers are among other high-value targets at risk.
New organizations recently cited reports from cybersecurity researchers and U.S. government officials that hackers linked to Iran are probing American companies for vulnerabilities. In the past decade, Iranian nationals were indicted in cases linked to multiple cyber attacks that cost American companies millions of dollars.
Now is a critical time to review your cybersecurity and record storage systems to make sure you are being proactive. It is also important to review your cyber liability insurance to make sure you have the appropriate limits and the coverage provisions, including breach notification coverage. Beyond cyber insurance, Cornerstone can provide active assessments and advice from our partner security engineers as needed.