Stay safe: Zerologon exploit patched at Miami

by Elizabeth Jenike, IT Services

As we move into October and our annual observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a recent incident sheds light on why it’s important to remain vigilant.

The week of September 21, the U.S. government department Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a directive to all executive-branch federal agencies to patch their systems by the end of the day Monday, September 21. This was to mitigate a flaw called “Zerologon.”

Zerologon is an exploit that allows malicious actors to take control of Windows Servers machines running as the domain controllers. What that essentially means is that these bad folks could potentially take over an entire network by exploiting this vulnerability.

The Zerologon vulnerability was discovered earlier this year, and Windows included security patches for it in August’s updates (it usually updates once per month). Our Windows administrators—the folks who run the impacted systems here in IT Services—have applied those patches already. So the Miami community has nothing to worry about!

The Zerologon exploit and the government’s response is a ready example of the importance of keeping machines updated and paying attention to cybersecurity news. Miami’s IT administrators have your back—but it’s critical to remain informed.

Stay safe out there, Miami!

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