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Revealed! The top 10 cybersecurity misconfigurations, as determined by CISA and the NSA

A recent joint cybersecurity advisory from the NSA and CISA has highlighted the top ten most common cybersecurity misconfigurations found in large organizations. The report emphasizes the importance of implementing security-by-design principles and addressing weaknesses in software development. The list of misconfigurations was compiled from assessments conducted by CISA and the NSA, as well as incident response team findings. The identified misconfigurations include default configurations, improper privilege separation, insufficient network monitoring, lack of network segmentation, poor patch management, bypass of access controls, weak multifactor authentication, insufficient access control lists, poor credential hygiene, and unrestricted code execution. The report emphasizes the need for well-trained and properly funded network security teams to implement mitigations and reduce the risk of exploitation. It also calls on software manufacturers to embed security controls into product architecture, eliminate default passwords, provide audit logs, and mandate multifactor authentication. The report advises organizations to remove default credentials, disable unused services, prioritize patching, and restrict administrative accounts. By taking these measures, organizations can better protect themselves against cybersecurity misconfigurations.

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