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We Must Never Let our Cyber Guard Down

When cyber defenses work, there is a human tendency to become complacent. If you fall into this perception trap, you will quickly find yourself in survival mode — scrambling to restore and recover, and in a position where the best explanation was that the attack was somehow “unexpected.” The global cyberthreat is also still very real.

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There are many questions and conflicting opinions about the cyberwar aspects of the Russia-Ukraine war. In the days leading up to the Russian invasion, there were many indications that we were in for a cataclysmic-level series of cyber events that could be directed against the United States. As we have discovered time after time, we have a backlog of vulnerabilities such as Log4j and a history of close calls. Russia also has a long history of successful cyber warfare attacks, a history of direct and indirect threats, and now we hear many warnings about new threat conditions. It is important that we don’t become numb and complacent over time. There are many layers, and complexities to this cyberthreat state and countless possibilities of what may happen from this point forward.

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