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Erik Floden Director Forescout Technologies

Forescout’s Erik Floden: Ripple20 Security Risk Underscores Need for Granular Device Visibility

Researchers recently discovered a series of cyber vulnerabilities dubbed Ripple20 in a common networking stack that poses risks to mission-critical devices and Erik Floden, director of federal civilian agencies at Forescout Technologies, said security teams at agencies should take steps to address the risk.

One of the measures Floden suggested is identifying all vulnerable devices.

“Unfortunately, many agencies don’t know all the devices connected to their networks. But that needs to change because the inability to identify characteristic network signatures of devices using Treck can be a huge weakness,” Floden wrote.

Other measures agencies should conduct are applying a patch from the device’s vendor, continuously monitoring a vulnerable device’s behavior until a patch is ready and automating response and remediation workflows.

Floden also cited the convergence of security strategies and leadership for information technology and operational technology and the need for agencies to immediately screen their IT environments for cyber risks.

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