Not a month goes by where we don’t hear about the discovery of a high-profile cybersecurity breach like the ones that compromised Sony Pictures or Equifax in recent memory. And who among us hasn’t had their email or social media account hacked?
During the COVID lockdowns last summer, my company received a letter from the State of Nevada informing me that Ann Nygren filed for unemployment. Since I was fairly certain the company I own hadn’t laid me off, I contacted the state to report this fraud (an arduous process I don’t wish on anyone). Turns out another of my employees was also targeted by these crooks. It’s becoming so common, you almost get desensitized to how frequently things like this are occurring.
But the SolarWinds hack was different. It was a stunningly large, highly sophisticated state-sponsored operation that infiltrated a vast swath of federal networks and major corporations. And its malicious code ran undetected for the better part of a year. One security expert described it as, “the equivalent of a nuclear bomb going off…not just now, but for years to come.”