How to prepare for cybersecurity in 2020

2020 promises to be another banner year for cyberattacks on U.S. organizations. The growing threat of attacks in 2019 and recent years drives home the fact that hackers will use any option at their disposal to be successful. Organized criminal groups have skilled hackers continually developing new tools and techniques targeted at circumventing our financial institutions’ best controls.

Currently our country is under threat of both cyber and physical attacks from foreign groups. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently held briefings on these threats, but at this point, there are as many questions as answers. They’ve issued an advisory that lists four main actions organizations should address:

  1. Adopt a state of heightened awareness. This includes minimizing coverage gaps in personnel availability, more consistently consuming relevant threat intelligence and making sure emergency call trees are up to date.
  2. Increase organizational vigilance. Ensure security personnel are monitoring key internal security capabilities and that they know how to identify anomalous behavior. Flag any known indicators of compromise and tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) for immediate response.


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