Weekly Security Sprint EP 37. Conflict in the Middle East, CISA advisories, lessons learned, and more!

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Main Topics

War in Israel (see the Gate 15 SUN for abundant links and updates)

NSA and CISA Release Advisory on Top Ten Cybersecurity Misconfigurations

State commission reviewing Virginia Beach mass shooting offers little new insight but recommends more tools for its work. While this Commission had some challenges, the findings in this report – aimed at public sector entities in Virginia – are broadly applicable best practices all organizations can consider. An active shooter incident is a threat every organization should prepare for. Gate 15 offers our Hostile Event Preparedness Series and check out the Gate 15 White Paper on The Hostile Event Attack Cycle(HEAC). and we’d be happy to help your organization with active shooter/hostile events planning, exercising and overall preparedness. Don’t wait. 

CISA: National School Safety Summit. The National Summit on K-12 School Safety and Security, hosted by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), brings federal, state and local school leaders together to share actionable recommendations that enhance safe and supportive learning environments in kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) schools. Through expert panels and keynote addresses by leaders in the field, the Summit explores current threats and issues in school safety and considers research-informed strategies for addressing security challenges. The 2023 Summit will be held virtually on November 1-2, 2023 and registration is now open. To register, please visit 2023cisaschoolsummit.eventbrite.com.

Red Cross Issues Wartime Hacktivist Rules; Attackers Shockingly Don’t Care 🫥. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has published a new set of rules urging hacktivists to abide by international humanitarian law in times of conflict. Writing in the European Journal of International Law (EJIL), the ICRC warned that cyber-attacks carried out by civilians during wartime are increasingly causing disruption to non-military targets such as hospitals, pharmacies and banks – impacting blameless members of society. Such attacks could also mean hacktivists are putting themselves in danger by (signaling) to opposing forces that they are a legitimate military target, the non-profit added. The ICRC is therefore asking governments to limit this hacktivist activity.

  • Via the Cybersecurity 202 – The hackers’ response… “Why should I listen to the Red Cross?”

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