Experts agree Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the world’s first full-scale cyberwar. It’s targeted at Ukraine and its allies, including the U.S., prompting the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to urge “every organization — large and small — to be prepared to respond to disruptive” cyberattacks.
That’s why three organizations have teamed up to help prevent and mitigate attacks against Ukrainian infrastructure that have deleted data and disabled computer systems in hospitals, businesses, and energy and utility providers.
The nonprofit UkraineNow has partnered with digital security companies Yubico and Hideez and is sending money, volunteers, and state-of-the-art technology to Ukraine to fight the cyberattacks. Among other things, the organizations have donated more than 30,000 YubiKeys to vital Ukrainian government agencies, police departments, power plants, and the country's domain-managing organization called Hostmaster.
The YubiKey plugs into any device and allows individuals, businesses, and developers to secure their accounts and logins.
So far this year, cyberattacks have caused $6 trillion in damage. In 2023, experts predict 33 billion accounts will be breached.
Here are some other scary stats.
- More than half (59%) of Americans report they have experienced cybercrime or in some way fallen into the hands of a computer hacker.
- 70% of small businesses are completely unprepared for a cyberattack.
- 88% of professional hackers can infiltrate an organization within 12 hours.