NSA report: This is how you should be securing your network

The National Security Agency (NSA) has released a new report that gives all organizations the most current advice on how to protect their IT network infrastructures from cyberattacks. 

NSA’s report ‘Cybersecurity Technical Report (CTR): Network Infrastructure Security Guidance‘ is available freely for all network admins and CIOs to bolster their networks from state-sponsored and criminal cyberattacks. 

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The report covers network design, device passwords and password management, remote logging and administration, security updates, key exchange algorithms, and important protocols such as Network Time Protocol, SSH, HTTP, and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).

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The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is encouraging tech leaders to view the NSA document as part of its new push for all organizations in the US and elsewhere to raise defenses after the recent disk wiper malware targeting Ukrainian organizations. 

The document, from NSA’s cybersecurity directorate, encourages the adoption of ‘zero trust’ networks. Zero trust assumes malicious insiders and threats existing inside and outside classical network boundaries. 

The NSA says it “fully supports the Zero Trust model” and offers recommendations for creating it, from installing routers and using multiple vendors to creating firewalls

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