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CISA ransomware warning program set to fully launch by end of 2024

April 26, 2024
CyberScoop
Contributed by: Drex DeFord
Summary
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is set to fully implement an automated vulnerability warning system by the end of the year, designed to notify organizations about software vulnerabilities being leveraged by ransomware groups. This initiative, which is currently in its pilot stage and falls under the mandates of the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act of 2022, seeks to diminish ransomware attacks by encouraging the patching of vulnerable systems before they are compromised. Announced by CISA Director Jen Easterly, the program has already issued over 2,000 warnings since its inception last year and integrates CISA's inventory of exploited vulnerabilities and common misconfigurations tied to ransomware incidents. This effort is in response to the growing threat of ransomware attacks, exemplified by a recent significant breach that affected the U.S. healthcare system, highlighting the urgency of addressing such vulnerabilities.
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