While the pandemic has thankfully started to fade, dangers to businesses are unfortunately only still increasing.
Part of the pandemic’s impact has been seeing the world become a more unstable place than it was not that long ago. It’s almost impossible to pinpoint when society will undergo an inflection point like a pandemic that increases specific types of risk. But once it happens, businesses have no choice but to respond. Unfortunately, the war in Ukraine is another inflection point that will require response and change. Businesses should understand that cyber-attacks are going to ramp up in an unprecedented way. A nation-state has now unleashed some of their most advanced exploits against a foe who uses modern protection mechanisms.
The next year is likely to be unlike anything we’ve seen because:
- Unknown zero-day exploits have been weaponized and stockpiled to unleash as part of military assaults.
- There will be a cyber response to these attacks and possibly escalation. The problem is those attacks and responses don’t stay contained. Stuxnet managed to escape industrial equipment that was not connected to any network. Things are far more connected now than then.
- It takes time and significant resources to develop advanced attacks like Stuxnet. The war means advanced hacking techniques will be exposed by their use and then likely adopted by attackers before security products and all the parts of the protection chain can respond.
- Relational databases of citizenry information will be leveraged for sophisticated phishing attacks. Brute-force dictionary password attacks will also increase dramatically, which will be exacerbated by their re-use, etc.
- Cyber weaknesses in a wide range of businesses, infrastructure, and entities have already been mapped. What’s been missing is not the knowledge, but the motivation to exploit them. Suddenly, there is a much shorter path from motivation to escalation than there used to be.
While it is impossible to know every attack that is coming, businesses should prepare as if they will be targeted simply because they can be. One way to fortify protection against the unknown is by building in resilience with a layered security approach. Because most attacks that will impact businesses still rely on stolen or forged credentials, organizations should ensure they are protected from those threats.
SentryCard gives organizations an easy and immediate way for users to provide proof of their identity and ensure they are who they say they are. It’s a self-contained, biometric portable ID card that serves as a multi-function credential for both physical and logical access. SentryCard ensures every request coming from your users is valid and authorized because it relies on biometric fingerprint matching stored and verified on the card itself. It’s fraud-proof in a way that current password-based solutions – no matter their complexity or multi-factor requirements – simply aren’t.
By replacing a reliance on passwords with fraud-proof biometric authentication that meets FIDO2, you can move your security forward and build resilience against the upheaval an inflection point can bring. For more information about how SentryCard can help you adapt your authentication to meet your security challenges, please click here to contact Sentry Enterprises.