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Planning for the Unthinkable Is Good Thinking

Posted on March 16, 2021 by David F. Jones

More and more public-safety agencies are beginning to understand the importance of continuity-of-operations (COOP) planning, which includes disaster recovery—this element focuses specifically on the agency’s information technology (IT) assets—and crisis communications, both to internal and external stakeholders.

When developing COOP plans, agencies tend to think solely about events that are likely to occur that could have a profound effect on their operations. These typically include weather events such as hurricanes, floods and tornados. Also on the list are natural disasters, such as wildfires and earthquakes, and human-induced catastrophes like hazardous-material spills and, increasingly, cyberattacks.

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Cybersecurity Threat Advisory: Critical Microsoft Exchange Server Vulnerabilities

Posted on March 12, 2021 by Mike Beagles

As part of our effort to inform our clients about potential and serious cybersecurity issues, MCP provides advisories about vulnerabilities and exploits that could threaten the operations of their critical communications networks. Sign up to receive these advisories in your inbox as soon as they are released.

This week there is a new critical alert that requires the mission-critical community’s immediate attention.

Advisory overview

Microsoft released several security updates due to targeted attacks against vulnerabilities found in Microsoft Exchange Server (versions 2013, 2016, and 2019). Though the attacks appear to be limited, Microsoft is urging the immediate updating of all affected systems to mitigate the vulnerabilities and further abuse within networking environments where Exchange servers are being used. Microsoft attributes the activity to a cyberattack group known as “Hafnium.”

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Life at MCP: Meet Joe Wheeler, VP of Justice and Courts

Posted on March 10, 2021 by Glenn Bischoff

Over the last two years, Mission Critical Partners has grown significantly through acquisition, starting with Athena Advanced Networks in 2018, and continuing with Black & Veatch Public Safety and URL Integration last year. Last month, MCP announced its latest acquisition, Seattle-based MTG Management Consultants. The subject-matter experts who are joining MCP will enable us to better serve clients in the public-safety and justice communities by helping them enhance data integration and address their technology challenges.

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Cybersecurity Threat Advisory: Critical VMware Vulnerabilities

Posted on March 5, 2021 by Mike Beagles

As part of our effort to inform our clients about potential and serious cybersecurity issues, MCP provides advisories about vulnerabilities and exploits that could threaten the operations of their critical communications networks. Sign up to receive these advisories in your inbox as soon as they are released.

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Here Are The Biggest Trends Impacting Public Safety Right Now

Posted on March 3, 2021 by Glenn Bischoff

We surveyed MCP’s subject-matter experts earlier this year on the biggest trends impacting public safety right now, and asked for their insights on what they believe will happen in the near future. Here is what they said:

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