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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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Implementing a Cybersecurity Training Program is the First Line of Defense

Posted on August 26, 2021 by Mike Beagles

Cybersecurity has become a huge problem for any organization that is operating networks and/or systems, but especially so for those in the government sector, particularly public-safety and justice agencies.

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Are Cloud-Based Solutions Right for Your Agency?

Posted on August 19, 2021 by Eric Caddy

A lot of people in the public safety/justice/public sector sectors are talking about cloud-based solutions these days. It is easy to understand why there is so much chatter because solutions that live in the cloud offer some impressive benefits. Here are just a few:

  • Cloud-based solutions typically offer best-of-breed technologies and services
  • Cloud-based solutions remove the maintenance and upgrade burden from the end user from a technology perspective
  • Cloud-based solutions often make it easier to share resources regionally or even broader compared with siloed, on-premises solutions
  • Cloud-based solutions typically offer enhanced resiliency and redundancy compared with on-premises solutions
  • Cloud-based solutions often make it easier for agencies to transfer operations to another location in “bug out” scenarios
  • Cloud-based solutions are easier and faster to scale —both up and down, based on the agency’s needs at any given juncture — compared with on-premises solutions
  • Cloud-based solutions typically are more secure, because providers often have greater information technology and cybersecurity resources and assets to draw upon
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Cybersecurity Threat Advisory: LockBit Ransomware

Posted on August 16, 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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