Hackers, suspected to be Russian, used SolarWinds as a gateway to access hundreds of other companies and government agencies, including the U.S. State Department, Department of Homeland Security, the Commerce Department, as well as tech heavyweights Cisco Systems and Intel.
This is a perfect example of why supply chain cybersecurity is so critical. SolarWinds was not the ultimate target. It was systematically used as a gateway to access high-value targets. The lesson for SMEs: Never think you don’t need to worry about cybersecurity! Never think you’re safe because your enterprise is too small, or you don’t have anything hackers would want.
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