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NSA Warns Managed Service Providers Are Now Prime Targets for Cyberattacks


International cybersecurity authorities issue guidance to help information and communications service providers secure their networks.

Source: National Security Agency/Central Security Service

The National Security Administration (NSA), along with a coalition of international cybersecurity authorities, today issued an advisory warning managed service providers (MSPs) of an escalating threat of attack from both everyday cybercriminals and state-sponsored threat actors.

MSPs provide or operate information and communications technology services.

With input from cybersecurity leaders from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US, the NSA provided recommendations to help bolster their cyber defenses, including:

  • Finding and disabling dormant accounts.
  • Implementing and enforcing multifactor authentication on accounts.
  • Ensuring contracts clearly map out who owns and is responsible for securing data.

“This joint guidance will help MSPs and customers engage in meaningful discussions on the responsibilities of securing networks and data,” said NSA cybersecurity director Rob Joyce in a statement announcing the new ...


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