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Russian State-Sponsored and Criminal Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure

CISA Alert (AA22-110A) - The intent of this joint CSA is to warn organizations that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could expose organizations both within and beyond the region to increased malicious cyber activity. This activity may occur as a response to the unprecedented economic costs imposed on Russia as well as materiel support provided by the United States and U.S. allies and partners.

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Guidance on Sharing Cyber Incident Information

CISA’s Sharing Cyber Event Information Fact Sheet provides our stakeholders with clear guidance and information about what to share, who should share, and how to share information about unusual cyber incidents or activity.  

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Cybersecurity Mentorship Program Hits New Milestones

The Massachusetts Cybersecurity Mentorship Program, an effort to grow and diversify the cyber workforce in Massachusetts, has reached several critical program milestones, eclipsing 100 students supported through the program, including 41 in the current session, an increase of 16 from fall 2021.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces 2022 Municipal Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program

HAVERHILL – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the 2022 Municipal Cybersecurity Awareness Grant Program award recipients. Administered by the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS) and its Office of Municipal and School Technology (OMST), this program will provide over 57,000 employees from 210 municipalities and public school districts across the Commonwealth with critical cybersecurity training to better detect and avoid cyber threats.

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New CISA ‘Shields Up’ Message Encourages Organizations to Be Proactive in Protecting Critical Assets

The following is an important message from the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and their ‘Shields Up’ campaign:

Notably, the Russian government has used cyber as a key component of their force projection over the last decade, including previously in Ukraine. While there are not currently any specific credible threats to the U.S. homeland, CISA is mindful of the potential for the Russian government to consider escalating its destabilizing actions in ways that may impact others outside of Ukraine. CISA has been working closely with its critical infrastructure partners over the last several months to ensure awareness of potential threats.

CISA recommends all organizations—regardless of size—adopt a heightened posture when it comes to cybersecurity and protecting their most critical assets.

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CISA, FBI, and NSA Release Cybersecurity Advisory on Russian Cyber Threats to U.S. Critical Infrastructure

CISA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the National Security Agency (NSA) have released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) that provides an overview of Russian state-sponsored cyber operations, including commonly observed tactics, techniques, and procedures. 

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Statement from CISA Director Easterly on “log4j” Vulnerability and Mitigation Tips

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Jen Easterly released the following statement on the “log4j” vulnerability. CISA also has posted guidance and mitigation tips.

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Third Cohort of the Cybersecurity Mentorship Program Launches

The Fall 2021 Cybersecurity Mentorship Program kicked off this year in October during Cybersecurity Month.  Now in its second year, this program has seen proven success in matching mentees and mentors. The goal is to encourage diverse college students to continue to pursue a career in cybersecurity and to promote the diversity of the cybersecurity workforce in Massachusetts.

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Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Fifth Cybersecurity Forum

BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration and the MassCyberCenter at the MassTech Collaborative celebrated the fifth Massachusetts Cybersecurity Forum, an annual event designed to bring together leaders from across the Commonwealth’s leading cybersecurity ecosystem with representatives from the business community, academia, and state and federal government in attendance. The Forum program, held virtually for the second consecutive year, was focused on the theme of ‘Building Momentum,’ spotlighting how the launch of the MassCyberCenter and the Forum in 2017 have directly led to the development of key programs that address cyber resiliency in the Commonwealth’s municipalities, increased collaboration among key stakeholders, and helped grow the cyber workforce across the state.

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Inaugural Mass. Municipal Cybersecurity Summit Featured Launch of New Training Modules for City & Town Leaders

BOSTON – At the first-ever Massachusetts Municipal Cybersecurity Summit, the MassCyberCenter at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative launched a suite of interactive, online modules designed to educate and train municipal officials on best practices around cybersecurity and how to create a ‘minimum baseline of cybersecurity’ to protect their digital assets and critical information.

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