If you don’t know about SolarWinds, then you haven’t been reading the news for the past six months. Last October 2020, it was reported that a widely-used networking tool that helps companies in the public and private sectors manage their Information Technology (IT) portfolios – SolarWinds Orion product — had been compromised. Publicly, it has been reported that about 18,000 private and government users downloaded the tainted software update, and it provided Russian hackers access to their systems. The hack hit Federal agencies, including the Departments of Treasury, Commerce, and State, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Security Agency, and parts of the Pentagon, as well as public and private sector companies. The breadth and depth of this hack are still being assessed.
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