Immense ransomware cyber threat during Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekends

As most of the IT employees have either applied or planning to take a long leave for this weekend. Those spreading ransomware felt that this is the best time to enter a corporate network and compromise it with ransomware as most of the employees will be less vigilant as they will be busy shopping for the best deals during this Thanksgiving 2021(November 25th,2021) and Black Friday 2021(November 26th,2021).

US CISA along with FBI issued a joint statement yesterday stating that those serving in the critical infrastructure sector should be highly cautious and monitor their network for any kind of operational errors.

Authorities from the above said two law enforcement agencies state that the warning was issued keeping in mind the previous happenings, where ransomware spreading groups targeted most companies during Independence Day and Mother’s Day weekend.

So, CISA is advising key IT staff to deploy threat monitoring solutions in place and see that they are operating as per the expectation.

Also, by implementing a multi-factor authentication for remote access and admin accounts in such situations is stated to make complete sense.

By avoiding password reuse and implementing strong passwords for accounts and network security, most of the cyber threats can be kept at bay.

Securing RDPs and keeping a track of their operations from time to time helps keep a network safe from malware attacks.

Finally, by creating an awareness among employees on following a basic cyber hygiene such as to avoid clicking suspicious email links also helps in keeping a network ransomware free.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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