Today’s columnist, James Stanger of CompTIA, says the SolarWinds hack was an outgrowth of “status quo” IT management. Stanger urges companies to update code, deploy monitoring and embrace better governance by bringing CISOs into the organization. ecooper99 CreativeCommons (Credit: CC BY 2.0)

We need to pay attention to the SolarWinds supply chain compromise not because it was an attack on several federal agencies and possibly 18,000 organizations, but because it represents what can happen to any organization that follows status quo IT cybersecurity and business procedures.

More than a few IT leaders I’ve spoken with in recent weeks have whispered, “Wow, this could just as easily have happened to us.” They can breathe a sigh of relief that they don’t use SolarWinds Orion. But pure luck in choosing – or not choosing – a particular vendor has never really been recognized as cutting-edge security practice.

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