InfoSec World 2020 -- Small suppliers and SMBs shouldn’t think they are immune to hacks. In fact, some of the most prolific hacks started with attacks on third-party suppliers, such as HVAC companies and small defense manufacturers. The Target hack quickly comes to mind.

In the InfoSec World 2020 session, You’ve Been Pwned…But Your Customers Are the Target, Christopher Hickernell, senior IT security analyst at MHI Shared Services Americas, retraced one of the largest hacks ever on the U.S. power grid.

It all started with an attack on All Way Excavating USA, a 15-person construction company near Salem, Ore., that works with utilities and various government agencies. According to the Wall Street Journal, the hack on All Way Excavating set off so many alarms that U.S. officials took the unusual step in early 2018 of publicly blaming Russia.

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