In testimony before the U.S. House Oversight and Homeland Security committees last week, SolarWinds’s former and current CEOs blamed an intern for creating a weak FTP server password and leaking it on GitHub – an act which may or may not have contributed to a supply chain hack that impacted users of the tech firm’s Orion IT performance monitoring platform.

But infosec thought leaders say that blaming an intern ignores the true roots of the problem, including insufficient credentials policies and access management practices – as evidenced in part by the simplicity of the password itself: “solarwinds123”.

“In placing blame on an intern for setting a production password in 2017… Solarwinds revealed deep, systemic cybersecurity failures at many levels of the organization,” said Marc Rogers, executive director of cybersecurity at Okta. “That intern’s ability to set a password of ‘solarwinds123’ on a critical production system highlights fundamental problems with password policy, systems management and auditing.”

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