Protecting Your Business in the Wake of the Volt Typhoon Cyberattack

by Chuck Dyer - February 2, 2024

In recent developments, the cybersecurity landscape has been shaken by the emergence of a China-backed hacking group known as Volt Typhoon. This sophisticated group has been targeting U.S. critical infrastructure, leveraging advanced techniques to infiltrate and compromise systems. The FBI's successful shutdown of this operation highlights the ongoing cyber threats that businesses face today [1].

Volt Typhoon's method of operation, as detailed by Microsoft, involved stealthy and targeted malicious activities focused on credential access and network system discovery. This approach underscores the need for businesses to enhance their cybersecurity measures, particularly in monitoring and securing their network access points [2].

The United States and international cybersecurity authorities have issued advisories to highlight the techniques used by state-sponsored actors like Volt Typhoon. These advisories serve as a crucial resource for businesses looking to understand and mitigate the risks posed by such cyber threats [3].

Areas of Concern for Businesses:

  1. Network Security: The use of compromised routers and botnets by Volt Typhoon to conduct espionage activities highlights the importance of securing network devices and monitoring network traffic for suspicious activities.
  1. Credential Access: The focus on post-compromise credential access by the hackers points to the need for robust authentication mechanisms and regular updates to user access policies.
  1. System Discovery: The targeted discovery of network systems by the attackers underlines the necessity for businesses to implement network segmentation and to regularly audit and monitor system access.

In response to these evolving cyber threats, it is imperative for businesses to reassess their cybersecurity posture and strategies. StarSevenSix is at the forefront of providing cutting-edge security advisory services tailored to protect businesses from sophisticated cyber threats like Volt Typhoon. Our team of experts specializes in network security, threat intelligence, and cybersecurity resilience strategies designed to safeguard your business's critical infrastructure.

If your business is seeking to enhance its cybersecurity measures or needs guidance navigating the complexities of today's cyber threat landscape, we invite you to have a conversation with StarSevenSix. Together, we can develop a robust cybersecurity framework that not only addresses current threats but also anticipates future vulnerabilities.

Let's secure your business's future in the digital age. Contact StarSevenSix today for a comprehensive security consultation.

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Over his 35 year career, Chuck has worked in just about all facets of IT, from hands on network engineering to server and datacenter architecture to business continuity, as well as managing teams of developers focused on SaaS product design and development. Much of his career was building and advising emerging technology startups in the cloud, AI and blockchain industries. In addition, he is a US Military Veteran of 24 years, having served in the United States Marine Corps, United States Air Force Reserve and Ohio Naval Reserve. Chuck serves as the Vice President of Strategy at StarSevenSix.