The number of government agencies affected by the supply chain attack on SolarWinds network monitoring software grows daily, ratcheting up alarm among private and public sector security pros. Former NSA Chief Security Officer Chris Kubic, now CSO at Fidelis, spoke with SC Media about what’s happening behind the scenes in the CIO and CISO offices of the Pentagon, military services and government agencies, as they scramble to respond to the attack believed to be the work of Russia’s APT29, or Cozy Bear.
Where do CIOs and CISOs at government agencies and the Pentagon even start to peel back the layers of this hack?
The initial flurry of activity will involve tracking down all the systems that are potentially impacted – specifically any systems that currently have or have ever had SolarWinds software installed on them. This could be a very difficult task for departments and agencies that do not have automated capabilities in place to catalog and track the software that resides within their systems. The end goal here is to build an accurate and complete inventory of all systems that have ever had a compromised version of SolarWinds software installed.
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