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Comment on What Do You Think Of CISA Latest Alert Warning Exploitation Of Network Providers And Devices By Chinese-backed Threat Actors? by Andrew.kahl

We applaud CISA for their continued focus on helping organizations protect themselves against attacks by both private and state-sponsored malicious actors. This continued demonstration of expertise and dedication are some of the reasons we recommend our customers around the world follow CISA’s advice on subjects like this.

Last month CISA released a <a href=”https://t.nylas.com/t1/157/c1yow5c0axlyn99nm3ysmev1m/2/17d4d359a0d42b99a1ffdf0ce23c344d602ee7f7193bee5334c0a418d84f81b6″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener nofollow ugc”>joint advisory</a> that recommended prioritizing the patching of software containing known vulnerabilities. These two advisories within a month of each other indicates threat actors are increasingly targeting known vulnerabilities, because they understand many organizations are slow to implement patches.  One of the most common vectors for attackers is through known vulnerabilities that otherwise could have been patched. In fact,<a href=”https://t.nylas.com/t1/157/c1yow5c0axlyn99nm3ysmev1m/3/a7bc639391123a3684b4c43d4b3ec9c21a6b579a33a245c16fdb0ec09d02062f” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener nofollow ugc”> 87% of organizations</a> have experienced an attempted exploit of an already-known, existing vulnerability. Once an attacker successfully exploits a vulnerability they can wreak havoc on a company’s network and bring continuity to a halt.

Automation is a critical component of any sound enterprise cybersecurity strategy, enabling organizations to quickly and efficiently deploy updates such as the ones recommended by CISA and ensure a hardened network infrastructure. By automating the implementation of patches and upgrades, network operations teams can make this task achievable across the entire network in minutes, and eliminate the potential for human error. New patches are then implemented as the system receives them, further reducing the attack surface. What’s more, the right tools will provide detailed reporting on the status of patches – network security teams can rest assured that patches were installed correctly and in a timely manner. We recommend organizations leverage their automation tools not only to identify and remediate the issues identified here, but to create an environment that continuously improves the health, performance, and compliance of their network security.