By now you’ve probably heard or read about the triple network outages that happened at the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines, and the Wall Street Journal’s website. Officials from the organizations themselves along with the FBI have been quick to say that these issues were not a result of a cyber attack. While that could potentially be the case, many people including our CEO, Justin Kallhoff, are hesitant to write yesterday’s simultaneous network failures off as just a coincidence. When asked about the incidents, he said:
“The chances of significant computer incidents occurring on the same day at two critical infrastructure organizations [NYSE & United Airlines] and a well-known media outlet [Wall Street Journal] are pretty slim. If I had to guess, I would certainly think there was some sort of foul play involved. Whether that foul play involved a cyber component, a nation state, or a terrorist group is likely going to be nothing but conspiracy theories for a while. Even if one or more of those are the cause, it’s likely to not be released to the public until the FBI and or secret service investigates. With that said, this type of impact is likely to become more common place in the future. Most organizations we work with aren’t prepared for sophisticated attacks, let alone rudimentary tactics. Sooner or later a cyberattack is going to create a large loss of life and/or significant impact on critical infrastructure, only then will the world start to realize the danger of today’s Internet”
Let these network failures act as a reminder that every business, no matter how small, needs to stay vigilant when it comes to their cybersecurity. These types of attacks are consistently becoming more frequent and sophisticated, and are impossible to defend without the right solutions in place. At Infogressive, we’re always working to make sure our clients don’t end up as a headline for the wrong reasons.