What we learned from the SolarWinds Cyber-Attack

Last month a significant cyber attack was discovered. The attack is commonly known as SolarWinds. It is estimated around 18,000 SolarWinds customers have been impacted by the hack. Are you one of them?

When it started

SolarWinds stated that a compromise of their Orion software took place in March 2020 and was discovered in December 2020. Those customers impacted range from small business, large organizations, and even the United States government. When a hack compromises so many organizations it is important to verify if you use any SolarWinds solutions, especially the Orion software.

What you can do

One of the first things a small business can do is to verify if the Orion software from SolarWinds is used by that small business or by any of its partners and see if they are impacted by this hack. If you discover you are impacted by this hack, it is time to deploy your incident response team. For more information on what to do if you are a victim of a data breach checkout our What to do if your business is the victim of a data or security breach white paper and also checkout our Security Breach Recap – The Do’s and Don’ts tip sheet.

Know your solutions

It is critical for a small business to know of the software and solutions they use and deploy. This allows a quicker assessment of risk if they learn of a compromise of one of the systems in place. It is also an important reminder to keep all of your software, systems, and solutions up to date. While one may be compromised, it is very possible for the others to prevent that compromise from being successful. 

For more on protecting your small business through cybersecurity check out Small Business, Big Threat for more!