Release Date: January 19, 2022
Expect to see a rise in similar cybersecurity attacks in the coming years, Sellitto says.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Science and Systems
University at Buffalo School of Management
Sellitto is an expert in cybersecurity, information assurance, digital forensics and information technology (IT) management.
According to Sellitto, the Ukrainian attack was multi-faceted:
“With the ubiquitous availability of technology resources, the cost of conducting these attacks is lower than ever so it makes sense that we would see more attacks that leverage multiple simultaneous, independent attacks like this one,” says Sellitto. “For many organizations, it can become like an old cartoon scene: plug the leak in the dam and another leak pops up—eventually, you’re overwhelmed.”
Sellitto says patch management, supplier security and incident response are critical, and there’s a greater need to prioritize these items in both public and private sectors and adapt them for the increasing velocity of attacks.
“We continue to have serious problems with securing critical public infrastructure,” says Sellitto.
“In the case of the Ukrainian websites, the attacks seem, at least initially, designed to disrupt and deface, but we’ve already seen instances of more harmful attempts by hackers,” he says, citing the attempted lye-poisoning attack on the water supply in Oldsmar, Florida, in early 2021.
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