December 17, 2020
Security Boulevard features Paul Robertson and Weston Hecker's analysis of the massive SolarWinds cyber-attack, Cyber Attack Briefing: The SolarWinds Compromise is a Wake-up Call.
Fitting for a tumultuous year, 2020 is coming to an end with a notable event in cyberspace: a massive cyber-attack.
What began as a nation-state hack of a leading IT cybersecurity firm, FireEye, has since unfolded into a massive cyber-attack hitting various parts of the U.S. government and private sector industries. And many believe this is just the tip of the iceberg as more is discovered and revealed about the SolarWinds supply chain attack.
Let there be no mistake; SolarWinds and its customers are victims of this attack. But the current climate of almost unlimited cyber warfare is the true root problem here. And should serve as a wake-up call across digital and physical realms.
Read the original article, Cyber Attack Briefing: The SolarWinds Compromise is a Wake-up Call.
About the Authors:
Weston Hecker is a cyber evangelist and ethical hacker with over a decade of pen-testing and 14 years of experience in cybersecurity research and programming. Weston works with organizations on their cybersecurity strategies, including leaders in the oil and gas, chemicals, maritime and defense sectors. A regular on the cybersecurity circuit, he has delivered over 50 presentations ranging from industry-leading events to regional conferences and universities. Notable events include Blackhat, Defcon, ISC2-Security Congress, SC-Congress, BSIDESBoston and TakedownCON. His work with universities includes projects and training such as the "Hacking Oil Rigs for Profit" event at the University of Houston and a major university project with DHS. Weston attended school in Minneapolis, where he studied Computer Science and Geophysics.
Paul Robertson serves as the Director of Cybersecurity at Mission Secure, where he assists with technical initiatives, including red teaming, cyber assessments, and product hardening. He is a seasoned IT security professional with over 30 years of progressive experience in information technology, communications, and information security. Paul brings deep experience with various systems, software, hardware, and technologies ranging from simple controllers to video editing to encryption. Paul's expertise spans firewalls, computer forensics, information security services, networking, cyber-physical systems, and more. In addition to co-founder and leadership roles at several technology companies, Paul served for four and a half years in the U.S. Army, including several years in the White House, providing computer and telecom support to the President and his senior national security leadership team.