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Cybersecurity and the SEC lawsuit: The vital role of observability in safeguarding your organization

Cybersecurity remains a priority for technology users - and regulators.
News that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is suing SolarWinds for “hiding cybersecurity weaknesses” during a major hack targeted at the US government is a massive wake-up call for technology companies.

In my opinion, the real issue in this case was the cyber risk posed by SolarWinds’ automated updates, which were “pushed” out to customers on a regular basis, often through public networks.

Many of their customers’ security models were built like a castle and a moat: The entrance to the castle was heavily fortified but, once someone is cleared to enter inside, no one challenges them to go about their business. This is where SolarWinds fell down. The automated “push” updates to its software meant that each customer’s castle was already open to the hackers who entered through the backdoor. 

Once inside, the hackers injected malware into the SolarWinds Orion platform and compromised the data of more than 30,000 organizations. These included the US Departments of State, Treasury, Homeland Security, Commerce, and Energy, as well as other international targets.
Events like this have unsurprisingly prompted a swift shift in mindset when it comes to cyber security: Trust no one. That includes your technology provider, especially when it comes to software updates.

At ITRS, software updates rely on your IT team going to a secure site to upload the updates. The question for your IT team is: How many of your software providers are pushing updates through? How secure is this? It’s worth a look. After all, better safe than sorry.


Observability and monitoring platforms play a crucial role in cybersecurity, helping your teams detect to authentication vulnerabilities, weaknesses in access control, and external dependencies - as well as brute force attacks. 

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