Reported theories by SolarWinds hack investigators that federal agencies and private companies were too busy focusing on election security to recognize vulnerabilities tied to the software supply chain are unfair and misleading, say cybersecurity experts that used to work in government.

And yet, those same experts acknowledge that such accusations offer an important cybersecurity lesson for businesses: organizations must ensure that their entire attack surface receives attention.

“There are a range of potential adversaries working against admins – nation states, hackers, criminal competitors – all with varying degrees of skill," said Rosa Smothers, senior vice president of cyber operations at security awareness company KnowBe4, and a former CIA technical intelligence officer. "Without addressing all components, the bad guys will find your network’s Achilles heel.”

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