A Ukrainian Company Shares Lessons in Wartime Resilience

Cyber Security Threat Summary:
MacPaw, a Ukrainian software company, faced the challenge of maintaining business continuity during the Russian invasion. Their CTO, Vira Tkachenko, explained how they prepared for wartime cyber resilience, including forming an emergency team, prioritizing employee safety and service delivery, fortifying their headquarters, ensuring power and connectivity options, building hardware reserves, setting up redundant communications, freezing code changes, and dealing with increased cyberattacks. They also emphasized the importance of addressing employees' emotional well-being during the crisis while maintaining business operations: (DarkReading, 2023).

Security Officer Comments:
Preparing for worldwide geopolitical activities that affect various regions throughout the globe can be tough for companies and those in leadership roles. It requires a multifaceted approach that encompasses not only physical safety but also cybersecurity, communication, and adaptability. Information sharing is crucial, and it's great to see companies on the frontlines sharing insights with the world, contributing to collective preparedness and resilience.

Suggested Correction(s):
In preparation for potential conflict in their region, MacPaw took various steps to ensure business continuity and employee safety. To name a few they formed an emergency team, where they prioritized both employee safety and delivering services to customers. They fortified their headquarters, set up backup power and connectivity options.

The article from DarkReading has an in-depth explanation of each step the company took, available here:

  • https://www.darkreading.com/edge/ukraine-company-lessons-wartime-resilience

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