North East Region Special Operations Unit Cyber Crime - Unit Advising organisations to improve their cyber resilience.

Following Russia’s further violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has called on organisations in the UK to bolster their online defences.  The NCSC - which is a part of GCHQ - has urged organisations to follow its guidance on steps to take when the cyber threat is heightened.

While the NCSC is not aware of any current specific threats to UK organisations in relation to events in and around Ukraine, there has been an historical pattern of cyber attacks on Ukraine with international consequences.  The guidance encourages organisations to follow actionable steps that reduce the risk of falling victim to an attack.

You can also check your incident response plan is up to date.  See the NCSC’s Incident Management guidance.

  • Ensure your incident response plan and the communication mechanisms it uses will be available, even if your business systems are not.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to report suspected security events and why reporting during a period of heightened threat is so important.
  • Confirm that your backups are running correctly.  Perform test restorations from your backups to ensure that the restoration process is understood and familiar.
  • Check that there is an offline copy of your backup - and that it is always recent enough to be useful if an attack results in loss of data or system configuration.

Please remember that the North East Cyber Protect Network are here to assist in any way we can.  Our website is here should you want more information on how we can help.


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