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The U.S. government in April designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization. The FBI assesses that foreign cyber actors operating in Iran could potentially use a range of computer network operations, from scanning networks for potential vulnerabilities to data deletion attacks, against U.S.-based networks in response to the decision. 

Tips to mitigate risk of cyberattacks to a company network:

Scrutinize links contained in emails, and do not open attachments included in unsolicited emails.

Disable macros. Be careful of pop-ups from attachments that require users to enable them.

Download software — especially free software — only from known and trusted sites.

Create a centralized Information Technology email account for employees to report suspicious emails.

Change network default passwords, configurations and encryption keys. Use strong passwords.

Recommend your company’s IT professional(s) review, test and certify the need/compatibility of a patch or update before installing it onto the operating system or software.

Monitor employee logins that occur outside of normal business hours.

Restrict access to the Internet on systems handling sensitive information.

Install and regularly update anti-malware solutions, software, operating systems, remote management applications and hardware.

Monitor unusual traffic, especially over nonstandard ports. Close unused ports.