Back to Basics in Cyber Amid Recent Warnings

| Jamil N. Jaffer
Jamil Jaffer

Earlier this week, The Cipher Brief brought you expert insights into How Iran Targets U.S. Businesses, after a warning last weekend by DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Director Christopher Krebs.   

“Iranian regime actors and proxies are increasingly using destructive ‘wiper’ attacks, looking to so much more than just steal data and money,” said Krebs in a statement posted to Twitter.  “These efforts are often enabled through common tactics like spear phishing, password spraying and credential stuffing.  What might start as an account compromise, where you think you might just lose data, can quickly become a situation where you’ve lost your whole network.” 

The Cipher Brief asked FBI Deputy Assistant Director Tonya Ugoretz how businesses should be thinking about the cyber threat from Iran. “Cyber is a means for nation-states to achieve their strategic objectives, so it’s important to consider the geopolitical environment when assessing risk and network defenses.,” Ugoretz told us. “As Department of Justice indictments have shown, Iran has a history of both cyber espionage and disruptive and destructive cyberattacks. In addition to employing cyber hygiene best practices, we are all safer when we are forward-leaning in sharing information about suspicious activity – both across and between the government and private sector.”

For a private sector view on this, we also tapped Jamil Jaffer, V.P. for Strategy & Partnerships at IronNet Cybersecurity for his take on the warnings and how businesses should be interpreting them.

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The Author is Jamil Jaffer

Jamil N. Jaffer currently serves as the Founder of National Security Institute and as an Adjunct Professor of Law and Director of the National Security Law & Policy Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where he teaches classes on counterterrorism, intelligence, surveillance, cybersecurity, and other national security matters. Jamil is also a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, is affiliated with Stanford University’s Center for International... Read More

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