SolarWinds and SUNBURST: The Technical Risks of State-Sponsored Terrorism

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The news cycle for anyone connected with cybersecurity has been dominated by information regarding the SolarWinds hack. This breach, starting with a single cloud and security provider, has now become a national emergency as more and more private institutions have become infected with potentially dangerous results.

As this situation unfolds, we wanted to touch base and provide background into the underlying methods and strategies used by the hackers. Following that, you can see how the attacks took place not just because of vulnerabilities in a system, but through an interconnected network of systems made vulnerable by one vendor. Finally, we provide some basic concepts to consider for your company’s security moving forward. 

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7 Ways a Managed Service Provider Can Protect Their Clients 

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Managed service providers carry a few additional burdens that many traditional IT companies don’t. Because the products and services of a managed service provider are used by different businesses, often in different industries, there is a balancing act between managing their own security needs and the needs of their clients. Different responsibilities, requirements, and approaches could fundamentally change how an MSP offers services.

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FedRAMP or FISMA – What’s the Difference

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Government compliance standards can seem like a veritable alphabet soup. Making matters worse, many of them, like FedRAMP and FISMA seem to overlap, and many organizations aren’t sure which rules are mandatory to do business. With the rise of cloud computing, there has been an increased emphasis within the government to transition to commercial cloud services. It is mandated within the government to move to cloud-based services if they are available to meet the mission need of the federal agency.

Two standards that seem to cause the most questions are FISMA and FedRAMP.

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