March 25, 2022
President Biden issued a statement on March 21st urging organizations to harden their defenses immediately in response to the unprecedented sanctions imposed on Russia and their threat to conduct malicious cyber activity against the United States.
The statement includes a fact sheet that provides the steps to execute "with urgency" to better protect against potential cyber attacks. Also referenced are resources from the Shields Up initiative introduced by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in late February.
Unpacking the Presidential Statement
Watch the video below as Jon Roberts, Cyber Security Manager, and I review the Presidential Statement, Fact Sheet and Shields Up initiative from CISA. In our discussion, we review the key steps laid out for organizations to act on immediately, starting with the mandated use of multi-factor authentication on systems and the deployment of modern tools to continuously look for and mitigate threats.
- Statement by President Biden on our Nation’s Cybersecurity | The White House
- FACT SHEET: Act Now to Protect Against Potential Cyberattacks | The White House
- Shields Up | CISA
- Shields Up Technical Guidance | CISA
- Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog | CISA
Organizations should immediately review the Fact Sheet to ensure the measures recommended by the Shields Up initiative have been taken into consideration in your network environment.
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