Recently, a joint statement was released by the UK’s National Crime Security Centre (NCSC), the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding malicious activity carried out by the Russian Government. This has led to a heightened awareness at KCS, and we have added checks for signs of tampering as part of our regular checks for contract customers. In addition, where appropriate we are contacting customers to arrange updates to close vulnerabilities currently being exploited by these hacking groups.
Unfortunately, some support customers have been exposed, and we are now prioritising updates for these companies.
Some companies have taken this opportunity to upgrade their security infrastructure with a new Next Generation Firewall (NGFW). NGFW units provide a full suite of protection technologies, including some services once restricted to large enterprises, such as Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), Web Filtering and on device Anti Virus. At KCS, we now run a Fortigate NGFW and have been impressed with the feature set that it provides at a reasonable price point.