As a Google search will quickly demonstrate, newspaper stories about a dispute between Spamhaus and Cyberbunker have proliferated over the last few days and are allegedly the direct cause of many Internet users experiencing slowing connections, degraded online services and interrupted website browsing.
The Guardian, this morning, explicitly links part of the alleged attack vector to inadequately secured broadband routers or modems. Obviously, one of the first things you should do this morning is ensure that your own broadband router is not contributing to this Internet-wide problem.
More importantly, if you’re not already developing your cyber resilience capability, today could be a good time to make a start! The ripples of this affair impact the day-to-day online operations of organizations across the world, irrespective of their own national importance. Whether it’s making online payments, accessing bank accounts, staff completing online qualification exams or delivery of e-products and services, almost every organisation now relies to some extent on the Internet. The unrelated activities of a few disruptive entities can have a significant business impact; developing effective cyber resilience plans in advance of disruptions occurring makes more and more business sense.