Poorly protected passwords in device configuration files present a risk of compromise, agency says.
The US National Security Agency (NSA) has issued fresh guidance for organizations on selecting strong passwords for Cisco devices, citing an increase in the number of compromises involving poorly protected network infrastructure.
The NSA offered no explanation for the timing of its guidance, so it was not immediately clear whether its password recommendations were prompted by heightened concerns in the US over Russian cyberattacks or by more generalized fears of poorly protected Cisco devices on critical federal agency networks and elsewhere.
Just this week, for instance, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warned about Russia-backed threat actors stealing sensitive data from private organizations and contractors in the US defense industrial base. The CISA warning followed an advisory from the agency a couple of days before, urging US organizations to assume a “shields up” stance in preparation for potential Russian cyberattacks.
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