10480057264?profile=RESIZE_400xIn a recent US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cyber-security bulletin, analysts emphasize the need to better protect Manage Service Providers (MSP).  Cyber security authorities in the United Kingdom (NCSC-UK), Australia (ACSC), Canada (CCCS), New Zealand (NCSC-NZ), and the United States (CISA), (NSA), (FBI) are aware of recent reports that observe an increase in malicious cyber activity targeting MSPs and expect this trend to continue.[1]  The joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) provides actions MSPs and their customers can take to reduce their risk of falling victim to a cyber intrusion, one’s which Red Sky Alliance has long held as sound practices. 

This advisory describes cybersecurity best practices for information and communications technology (ICT) services and functions, focusing on guidance that enables transparent discussions between MSPs and their customers on securing sensitive data. Organizations should implement these guidelines as appropriate to their unique environments, in accordance with their specific security needs, and in compliance with applicable regulations.  MSP customers should verify that the contractual arrangements with their provider include cybersecurity measures in line with their particular security requirements.

 Whether the customer's network environment is on premises or externally hosted, threat actors can use a vulnerable MSP as an initial access vector to multiple victim networks, with globally cascading effects.  The UK, Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, and U.S. cybersecurity authorities expect malicious cyber actors, including state-sponsored advanced persistent threat (APT) groups, to step up their targeting of MSPs in their efforts to exploit provider-customer network trust relationships.  For example, threat actors successfully compromising an MSP could enable follow-on activity, such as ransomware and cyber espionage, against the MSP as well as across the MSP's customer base.

The guidance provided in the recent advisory is specifically tailored for both MSPs and their customers and is the result of a collaborative effort from the United Kingdom National Cyber Security Centre (NCSCUK), the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS), the New Zealand National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-NZ), the United States' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), National Security Agency (NSA), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with contributions from industry members of the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative.

Link to full joint advisory: AA22-131A_Protecting_Against_Cyber_Threats_to_MSPs_and_their_Customers.pdf

Red Sky Alliance is a Cyber Threat Analysis and Intelligence Service organization who has long provided proactive indicators of compromise (IoC’s) to our clients.  Many of our indicators Many of our indicators can be used as black lists to be placed in MSPs SIEMs for preventative action.  For questions, comments or assistance, please contact the office directly at 1-844-492-7225, or feedback@wapacklabs. com    

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[1] https://www.n-able.com/resources/state-of-the-market-the-new-threat-landscape

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