SolarWinds has received criticism from some cybersecurity experts for the way they’ve communicated with the public after a massive breach of its software. ("SolarWinds sign" by sfoskett is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

In several important ways, the SolarWinds hack is unique: few companies have the same level of software dominance at the highest levels of government and industry or merit the kind of targeting from a state sponsored APT group.

In a broader sense, they’re facing a similar reality that many other companies find themselves in following a bad breach: scrambling to determine the full scope of their security failures while facing increased costs from insurers, heightened scrutiny from government regulators and a loss of trust from their customers and other stakeholders.

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