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Cybersecurity Threats

The CIS® and MS-ISAC® cybersecurity professionals analyze risks and alert members to current online security threats.


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The MS-ISAC identified 17 SLTT government data breaches in Q3 2018, yielding a decrease of 39% when compared to the previous quarter, while increasing 13% year-to-year. The education sector experienced the most data breaches this quarter, capturing 47% of the total. Additionally, the local sector also experienced a high rate of data breaches, absorbing 41% of the total, making it the second most affected sector type this quarter. Phishing and third-party breaches were the most prolific identified attack vectors this quarter, together accounting for 59% of total breaches. This quarter a Government Payment Services Inc. data breach affected approximately 2,300 state and local level entities across 35 states, this is represented as one third party breach in the data although 2,300 were impacted by the breach. The MS-ISAC recommends SLTT governments work with their legal teams to ensure service agreements enforce appropriate cybersecurity precautions with third-party contractors to mitigate the risk of breaches. Additionally, end user training plays a vital role in reducing the risks associated with phishing emails. Helpful information detailing how to identify phishing emails is available in the June 2018 newsletter.

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Last Advisory 15 Jan 2019

Oracle Quarterly Critical Patches Issued January 15, 2019 MS-ISAC ADVISORY NUMBER: 2019-006 DATE(S) ISSUED: 01/15/2019 OVERVIEW: Multiple vulnerabilities have been…

Oracle Quarterly Critical Patches Issued January 15, 2019

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Explanation of the Current Alert Level of GUARDED

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On January 16, 2019, the Cyber Threat Alert Level was evaluated and is remaining at Blue (Guarded) due to vulnerabilities in PHP and Oracle Products. On January 10, the MS-ISAC released an advisory for multiple vulnerabilities in PHP, the most severe of which could allow for arbitrary code execution. On January 15, the MS-ISAC released an advisory for multiple vulnerabilities in Oracle Products, the most severe of which could allow for arbitrary code execution. Organizations and users are advised to update and apply all appropriate vendor security patches to vulnerable systems and to continue to update their antivirus signatures daily. Another line of defense includes user awareness training regarding the threats posed by attachments and hypertext links contained in emails especially from un-trusted sources.