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Unless you manage large enterprise IT - not much. Do the usual things: ensure backups are running, update software. For a consumer, it doesn't matter if their laptop stopped working because of spilled water, or someone hacking them, and the steps to recovery are the same.

Larger orgs, especially related to infrastructure or national services may be specifically targetted. They know what their weak points are. Phishing, DoS, customer information leaks, ... But what they're afraid of and how they deal with that is going to be specific to their systems. I guess the only common thing for "brace for cyber warfare" is - talk to your peers about weird new things you see.




If to the layman, "brace for cyberattacks" means essentially nothing, why issue that as a general warning?

My suspicion is that warnings about cyberattacks are going to be the new "credible threat of terrorism", i.e. a way to fearmonger at the uppermost levels of government in order to raise support for "kinetic warfare", but I hope not.




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