CISA urges businesses to take action to combat malicious cyber activity

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On September 14, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, along with several other federal agencies and international partners, released a Joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) highlighting continued malicious cyber activity by advanced threat actors. organizations affiliated with the Iranian government’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The CSA recommended that companies continually test their security programs to protect against long-standing online threats that may come from IRGC-affiliated actors known to exploit vulnerabilities for ransomware. “Our unified goal is to drive rapid and prioritized adoption of the most effective mitigations and controls to reduce risk for all cyber threats,” CISA said in its announcement. Undersecretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson added that the U.S. Treasury Department “is dedicated to working with other U.S. government agencies, allies, and partners to combat and deter terrorists.” malicious cyber actors and their activities, especially ransomware”. and cybercrime that targets economic infrastructure. He noted that the CSA provides information on specific tactics, techniques and procedures used by actors affiliated with the IRGC, and advised the public and private sectors to use this information to build cybersecurity resilience and reduce risk. ransomware incidents. Organizations are encouraged to review a 2021 Treasury advisory, which highlights the penalty risks associated with ransomware payments and provides steps businesses can take to mitigate the risk of falling victim to ransomware (covered by InfoBytes here) .

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