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International Alliances for Cyber Resilience

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The emergence of technology has heightened countries’ awareness of the threats in the cyber realm. Safeguarding against multiple cyber-attacks presents a formidable challenge, particularly as it ushers in a new era for every nation. Cybersecurity significantly diverges from defence and security in the physical world, demanding skilled expertise and a robust strategy to shield countries from cybercrime. By confronting this challenge, numerous countries have taken collaborative actions.

New Zealand’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has jointly issued a cybersecurity advisory in collaboration with CERT NZ, the USA’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as well as the cybersecurity authorities of Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

By jointly addressing and engaging with the intricate challenges of cybersecurity, these countries demonstrate their unwavering dedication to fortifying the digital foundations upon which modern societies and economies thrive. Through these collaborative initiatives, a fortified defence is erected against the relentless tide of cyber risks, encapsulating the proactive stance of each nation towards nurturing a secure and resilient digital future.

This comprehensive advisory presents insights into the primary Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) that malicious cyber actors routinely exploited in 2022, along with other frequently targeted CVEs.

The agencies responsible for crafting this advisory urge organisations to diligently adopt the recommendations outlined within the mitigations section of this advisory. Furthermore, they emphasise the importance of remaining vigilant by actively monitoring for any indications of compromise, even in instances where the vulnerability has been previously addressed.

The suggested mitigations encompass a range of strategic measures, including the timely application of patches to vulnerable systems. This proactive approach serves to fortify the overall security posture and reduces the susceptibility to compromise orchestrated by malicious cyber actors. A particularly effective measure proposed involves implementing a centralised patch management system. This approach streamlines the patch deployment process and acts as a robust line of defence against potential cyber threats.

The entities responsible for the creation of this advisory emphasise and strongly advocate for organisations to actively and conscientiously embrace the recommendations meticulously detailed within the mitigations section of this advisory. Moreover, these entities emphasise the imperative nature of sustained vigilance, urging organisations to continuously monitor for any signs of compromise, even when vulnerabilities have been previously addressed.

The scope of the proposed mitigations encompasses a comprehensive array of strategic measures, each carefully designed to fortify the defence mechanisms against potential cyber threats. A pivotal facet of these measures is the prompt application of patches to vulnerable systems. This proactive stance contributes to bolstering the overall security posture and curtails the susceptibility to compromise orchestrated by malevolent cyber actors.

An especially potent solution advanced in this context involves establishing a centralised patch management system. This proactive measure optimises the efficiency of patch deployment while serving as a robust line of defence against potential cyber incursions.

In essence, the collective efforts of the collaborating authoring agencies underscore the paramount importance of expeditiously enacting these recommended mitigations, representing a formidable augmentation to the resilience of cybersecurity measures. By steadfastly adhering to these strategies, organisations can tangibly elevate their capacity to repel and thwart cyber-attacks, concurrently upholding the sanctity of their digital infrastructure.


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