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A Primer on the Most Prevalent Cyberattack Vectors

Posted on October 20, 2021 by Mike Beagles

Cyberattacks pose to organizations in the public safety and justice sectors. This post offers a primer on the most prevalent attack vectors.

Ransomware — This is a specific type of malware that enables cyberattackers to encrypt the targeted organization’s files. Only when the organization agrees to pay a ransom—hence the name—does the cyberattacker decrypt the files. In the current environment, this is one of the most prevalent cyber attacks and is increasing in frequency.

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Cybersecurity Threat Advisory: BulletProofLink Makes Cyberattacks Easier

Posted on September 30, 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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Cybersecurity Threat Advisory: Disguised Windows Files and Documentation

Posted on September 20, 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.

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

Advisory Overview

Security researchers have discovered recent attempts by cyberattackers to infect machines with malicious Microsoft Word documents containing VBA macros and JavaScript — their goal is to plant a backdoor and create persistence. These documents are disguised as documentation or information related to the new Windows 11 Alpha release to entice users into interacting. The key recommendation to remediate the threat is to block the indicators of compromise (IOCs) identified in this advisory.

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Cybersecurity Threat Advisory: Office 365 Zero-Day Attacks

Posted on September 14, 2021 by Mike Beagles

Microsoft released a mitigation for a vulnerability that exists in the Windows 10 operating system that can be exploited against Office 365 and Office 2019. Identified as CVE-2021-40444, this vulnerability could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code on a device if exploited. Because Microsoft Office is used and trusted by millions worldwide, attackers potentially could launch very-large-scale attacks; accordingly, this vulnerability has a severity rating of 8.8 out of 10. Recommendations from Mission Critical Partners to prevent devices from becoming susceptible to this vulnerability are below.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

Essential Tactics for Enhancing Cybersecurity in Today’s Justice Organizations

Posted on September 2, 2021 by Joe Wheeler

In my previous blog on cybersecurity, I provided a high-level perspective on the cybersecurity environment for justice organizations today. I noted that the environment is worrisome — it is a virtual certainty that cyberattackers, at this very moment, are looking for a way to infiltrate your organization’s networks and systems.

But I promised a progression (crawl, walk, run) that you can employ immediately to quickly begin thwarting cyberattackers and protecting your networks and systems, as well as the critical data and applications that run on them. This strategy is based on industry best practices and thought leadership to which MCP has actively contributed.[1]

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