Why the federal government’s lagging MFA adoption rate poses severe cyber risks to agency networks

According to Microsoft’s Vice President of Identity Security, Alex Weinert, only 25 percent of organizations today have adopted multi-factor authentication (MFA) as part of their overall cybersecurity infrastructure. That is a shining statistic when compared to 2017’s adoption rate of…

How cyber hackers are leveraging Group Policy infrastructures to penetrate federal networks

When the average federal employee logs into their workstation at the beginning of the day, it’s more than likely they are unaware of the thousands of unseen configurations and network controls that power their IT infrastructure. Some portions of the…

How the NIST Framework sets out to protect federal agencies’ AD environments

February 2021 was a moment in time where federal agencies were knee deep in modernizing their IT infrastructures to accommodate the digitized new normal of their processes, workflows, and services. But while the federal government was busy digitally transforming their…

Digital transformation driving cyber challenges – How modernization initiatives are creating risk in the public sector

2022 was an incredible year for the adoption of advanced technologies and modernization within the federal government and the U.S. military. But, while significant strides have been made in government digital transformation and modernization initiatives since the early days of…

Ransomware and SLED – Why K-12 institutions and municipalities are juicy targets for hackers

This article originally appeared on TD Synnex’s official blog, HERE. Ransomware attacks against K-12 educational institutions have been on the rise in recent years, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has taken notice. School networks have become juicy…

12 Privileged Access Management best practices for federal agencies

No matter what risks a federal government agency is facing, you can draw a threat vector from that risk to a privileged account. Privileged accounts are the backbone of any operating agency, so it’s vital that these accounts are protected…

How federal government agencies can get the most out of their MFA implementation

Authentication is the new entry point into federal government networks. Most federal users know this, and more importantly, attackers know this as well. Federal agencies can no longer recommend changing passwords on a periodic basis and consider that an adequate…

How CISA can assist federal agencies in navigating the “Wild, Wild, West” of cyber defense

Over the past decade, cybercrime has proven to be one of the greatest threats facing the American public. One can look to the unprecedented Colonial Pipeline attack as a prime example. This cyberattack led to millions of Americans being denied…

How federal agencies can keep up with the evolution of identity supply chains

Three years after COVID-19 forced federal agencies to crank their modernization dials to warp speed, the proliferation and adoption of new technologies, applications, and network solutions are still continuing to spread throughout the federal government. Though these technologies have completely…

How the U.S. Air Force is prioritizing interoperability, cybersecurity, and resiliency

A top priority for the Department of the Air Force (AF) (which includes both the Air Force and Space Force) is enhancing its access, partnership and integration capabilities across IT systems, but also other parts of government. The department’s vision…