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Cybersecurity challenges and strategies: the CISA case and vulnerability management

Vulnerabilities, updates and training: key components in the fight against cyber attacks

The article discusses the importance of proactive cybersecurity management, highlighted by an attack on CISA due to outdated Ivanti systems. It highlights the need for timely updates, staff training and constant monitoring.

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Government agencies, including the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), face growing cybersecurity challenges. Despite efforts, zero risk is a mirage in a rapidly evolving tech landscape. Vulnerabilities emerge on a regular basis, threatening the security of IT infrastructures. Recently, CISA has been targeted by cybercriminals who exploited critical bugs in Ivanti systems (CVE-2023-46805, CVE-2024-21887, CVE-2024-21893) that emerged in early January 2024 and were recorded in the KEV catalog with a resolution deadline of January 22.

The attack on CISA: a wake-up call

Failure to update Ivanti systems on time exposed CISA to a cyberattack in February, revealing difficulties in keeping up with security updates. This scenario highlights the speed with which exploits can be transformed from simple PoC (Proof of Concept) to real threats, requiring organizations to adopt efficient and timely patch management to mitigate the associated risks.

Active management and training: pillars of IT security

The patch management process must be approached with a holistic approach, which includes constant monitoring of the IT infrastructure, timely detection of vulnerabilities and risk assessment. It is also critical to invest in staff education and training to raise awareness of cyber threats and promote best security practices.

Proactivity: the answer to the challenges of digital technology

The CISA breach reinforces the need for proactive management of cyber vulnerabilities. In an era characterized by intensive software development, the likelihood of encountering security bugs grows exponentially, contained both through ethical hackers and external threats with malicious intent. In this regard, Massimiliano Brolli of Red Hot Cyber highlights that the increase in the volume of software code inevitably leads to greater exposure to cyber risks, making a constant commitment to the adoption of advanced security strategies, regular software updates and training essential. of the staff.

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03/12/2024 09:16

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