How to prepare for potential Iranian cyberattacks?

How to prepare for potential Iranian cyberattacks?

With the recent news of a US airstrike killing a top Iranian military official, defense and intelligence officials are warning of potential Iranian cyberattacks. On Monday, CISA said that the increased geopolitical tensions “may result in cyber and physical attacks against the homeland and also destructive hybrid attacks by proxies against U.S. targets and interests abroad.”

In an increasingly technological era, wars are no longer just fought on the ground. While you might think it’s just the military, defense, and infrastructure industries that should be concerned about cyberterrorism, any number of organizations, from financial services to healthcare can be targeted in an attempt to disrupt the U.S. economy.

Previous cyberattacks from Iranian hackers carried out in 2012 and 2013, were targeted at financial institutions like Bank of America and Citigroup. These and more recent cyberattacks are coming at a time where businesses have never spent more on cybersecurity, which has reached $124 billion as a global industry. 

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One of the areas that have seen significant investment since 2017 is Identity Access Management (IAM). IAM involves defining and managing the roles and access privileges of individual network users and the circumstances in which users are granted (or denied) those privileges. 

While you should always look at ways to patch known vulnerabilities, IAM is a fairly easy way to improve the security of your organization. With IAM, you can enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) protocols which require users to have at least two forms of authentication to access a system. Although MFA typically has a low barrier of entry in terms of deployment, it is not without its drawbacks. In order to get the full security benefits of MFA, it should be active all the time but in doing so you often create a lot of friction for your users. TWOSENSE.AI helps organizations overcome the user friction aspect of MFA by using continuous biometrics, which reduces authentication challenges up to 95%. This significantly improves the user experience as it works silently in the background to authenticate users without them realizing they have gone through MFA.

There are several IAM providers out there and TWOSENSE.AI is capable of integrating with them to provide a more seamless experience for your teams. If you are an organization that currently employs IAM or you’re looking to implement a solution, feel free to reach out to see how you can get a better experience with better security.

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