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Cybersecurity Threat Advisory: 'PrintNightmare' Zero-Day Vulnerability in Windows Print Spooler

Posted on July 13, 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 alert that requires the mission-critical community’s immediate attention.

Advisory Overview

Last week, security researchers mistakenly published proof-of-concept (PoC) exploit code, which has since been dubbed “PrintNightmare.” The vulnerability exploits a critical flaw in Microsoft’s print spooler service. Microsoft has issued out-of-band security updates to address the flaw and has rated it as critical as attackers can remotely execute code with system-level privileges on affected machines.

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Topics: Cybersecurity

This Month’s Cyberchat Shines a Light on the Rise of Ransomware

Posted on June 30, 2021 by Morgan Sava

Earlier this year, we ramped up our cybersecurity efforts by launching a series of monthly video chats in which we summarize the most recent threats, share information from entities such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and offer tips for preventing cyberattacks and mitigating them if they occur. This month’s Cyberchat video, which can be viewed below, contains some important information that public-sector and critical infrastructure agencies need to have.

Double the Attack, Double the Fees

Double-encryption ransomware attacks, which typically include cyberattackers encrypting a target’s data twice, at the same time or shortly after each other, are on the rise. In this month’s video, we explore how agencies can mitigate the risk of a double-encryption attack and begin the rebuilding process if one occurs.

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Cybersecurity Threat Advisory: Nobelium Spear Phishing Activity

Posted on June 14, 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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Next Week’s CAPS Explores Public-Safety Opportunities & Challenges

Posted on June 9, 2021 by Glenn Bischoff

Having attended dozens of educational conferences over the decade that I served as editor-in-chief of Urgent Communications and Fire Chief magazines, I know an excellent one when I see it—and I can report without fear of contradiction that the second-annual Conference for Advancing Public Safety (CAPS)—being presented by Mission Critical Partners (MCP) on June 15-16—is shaping up to be an excellent educational event.

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Liability Is Another Critical Reason to Be Prudent About Cybersecurity

Posted on June 1, 2021 by Karyn Henry, J.D.

Cyberattacks should be on the radar of every agency in the public-safety/justice community. One of the most prevalent attacks involves ransomware, which is a specific type of malware that cyberattackers use to exploit a system vulnerability and then launch a program that encrypts the organization’s data files, essentially locking them and rendering them unusable. The cyberattacker then demands a ransom—hence the name—to provide the key that unlocks the files.

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