Solorigate: A case study for why supply chain security is critical for governments and businesses

By Jim Hietala (VP, BD and Security), Andras Szakal (VP and CTO), John Linford Security and OTTF Forum Director) – The Open Group

In potentially the most damaging cyber-supply chain attack ever, a leading IT systems management vendor became the latest hi-tech company to suffer a major cybersecurity breach with wide-reaching consequences. The malware that caused the attack has been dubbed SUNBURST by Microsoft and code-named Solorigate by FireEye, the security consulting firm that uncovered the breach after falling victim to it late last year.

After successfully infiltrating the development environment, attackers were able to observe and learn how to subvert the vendor’s development and operations pipeline. Hackers were then able to maliciously taint the vendor’s product by planting a sophisticated trojan. Once the software, which required broad systems access, was installed in customers’ environments, the attackers were able to leverage the tainted software to exfiltrate sensitive information from within an organization’s network.

The Open Group ‘Digital-First’ Virtual Event October 26 – 29, 2020 – Highlights

In the ongoing transition to Digital-First, an increasing number of technology executives, managers, and practitioners are looking for new approaches that will help them to make sense of the evolving business landscape and deliver digital products and services.

As an organization that is known for solving business issues through global industry collaboration, The Open Group hosted its third virtual event October 26-29, 2020, which provided over 3,300 registrants with the opportunity to discover the critical digital standards that enable a smooth transition to a Digital-First enterprise.

The Open Group at “Experience IT NM”

On November 4 and 5, 2020, the New Mexico Technology Council is hosting its virtual event entitled Experience IT NM. The New Mexico Technology Council a member-driven association of businesses, organizations, and tech professionals working together to promote the growth and success of New Mexico’s technology business sectors. Its members include a diverse mix of New Mexico companies, cities, and universities and colleges.

Becoming a Digital-First Enterprise: The Open Group October 2020 Virtual Event

Amidst ongoing global uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is evident: Business and technology leaders are facing the radical, fundamental change of becoming a digital enterprise. Traditional approaches and industry frameworks for technology management are being challenged both by new technologies and new practices, requiring key decision makers to take a more Agile, collaborative, and end-to-end value stream view of work.

In the ongoing transition to Digital-First, an increasing number of technology executives, managers, and practitioners are looking for new approaches which will help them to make sense of the evolving business landscape and deliver digital products and services.

With this in mind, The Open Group will host its upcoming event virtually on October 26-29, 2020 – providing the opportunity for attendees to discover the critical digital standards designed to enable and support the smooth transition to a Digital-First enterprise.