The Ministry of National Security is urging all entities (public and private) to adopt a heightened state of awareness as it has noted a spike in cyber security attacks.
The Ministry, on the heels of the nationwide technical shutdown experienced by Massy Stores on Thursday, revealed the Trinidad and Tobago Cyber Security Incident Response Team (TT-CSIRT) has observed a sharp increase in malicious cyber activity, targeting local and regional entities, over the past two (2) months.
The TT-CSIRT has indicated that the most prominent threats to Trinidad and Tobago include ransomeware, social engineering – knowing as phishing – and malicious insiders.
It noted that cyber-attacks can be initiated through multiple attack vectors with the most prominent vectors used against local entities being the exploitation of system vulnerabilities (particularly outdated firewall appliances and email systems). Phishing emails with infected attachments or links, as well as compromised user credentials
The Ministry has advised, should your organization fall victim to a cyber-attack, entities are to contact the TT-CSIRT immediately, via its online form https://ttcsirt.gov.tt/report-an-incident/ for incident management guidance and technical assistance.
The Cyber Crime and Social Media Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, via the information at https://ttcsirt.gov.tt/ttps-cyber-crime-unit/.