We are all aware of the damage a cyberattack can cause. We witnessed first-hand the devastation of supply chain shortages when both the JBS beef plant and the Colonial Pipeline experienced the ransomware cyberattacks last year. Being prepared to minimize your risk is more critical now than ever. According to a Newsweek article, an FBI report cautions the U.S. private sector to be ready for potential cyberattacks by Russia as tensions over Ukraine loom on the horizon. The U.S. private sector includes all for-profit businesses that aren't owned or operated by the U.S. government. This means power grids, communication lines, financial institutions, and more could be compromised in the near future.
This is why it is important to have a preparation plan in place if this happens. Not having access to power, the internet, phones, or even your own money would be detrimental to our everyday lives. Losing power means you would no longer have access to your refrigerator and freezer, and your food would quickly go bad. ReadyWise is here to help you take the necessary steps to avoid panic in this situation.
Having a secure food source is one of the most important things to have on hand in case of an emergency. The security of having long-term food storage in your home is your best insurance policy. A six-month supply like this will give you over 1,800 calories a day for 6 months. This bundle has various options for breakfasts and entrees so that you can fuel your body with the nutrition it needs. ReadyWise is the most reliable Emergency Food Supply because you can still cook the food without a hot water source in an emergency.
Keeping your software and operating systems up to date is another great way to prepare and protect yourself against a cyberattack. By doing this you are able to maintain security and privacy on all your devices that are storing private information. Make sure you are also using strong passwords with two-factor authentication, and change them regularly, to ensure that your information stays secure.
Additional steps to ensure your protection against cyberattacks is to make sure that your anti-virus software is up to date and to watch out for suspicious activity. If there is a link in an email that you aren't sure about, don't click on it. Clicking unknown links from unknown senders can install malware on your devices and make you an easy target to get hacked. Using malware and firewalls to block these threats will help immensely.
During a cyberattack you should look for charges and strange accounts on your credit report. Make sure to contact all financial institutions immediately and change the passwords to every online account. After the attack, if you think that someone is using your Social Security Number, you should file a report with the Office of the Inspector General at www.idtheft.gov. Filing a complaint with the FBI will allow them to review the case and refer you to an agency.