ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Pres. Joe Biden is urging American business leaders to prepare for Russian cyber-attacks. And one cyber security expert said he agreed when Biden warned, “The magnitude of Russia’s cyber capacity is fairly consequential and it’s coming.”

Randy Rose, Senior Director of Cyber Threat Intelligence at the Center for Internet Security, said, “The president’s comments are spot on. Russia is what we call a ‘near-peer threat.’ They have some of the most sophisticated capabilities in cyberspace.”

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Rose said to take the president’s warning seriously and act now. “It’s extremely important to be aware of what’s going on in your organization and look for the things that are abnormal,” he said. “Really focus on those, and the context around those items.”

The cybersecurity expert mused that Russia has one simple goal. “Creating disruption. Creating chaos and fear, and duress in the west,” said Rose. “Sowing chaos is part of the Russian brand.”

And while there’s no direct threat to us as individuals, that doesn’t mean we’re immune. “You could see impact based on the services that you do use, and the organization that you work for could be impacted,” Rose said. “Your personal information could be at risk.”

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