SolarWinds ready to move past breach and help customers manage theirs

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Eileen Yu began covering the IT industry when Asynchronous Transfer Mode was still hip and e-commerce was the new buzzword. Currently an independent business technology journalist and content specialist based in Singapore, she has over 20 years of industry experience with various publications including ZDNet, IDG, and Singapore Press Holdings.

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SolarWinds is ready to move past the “cyber incident”, having spent the past year bolstering its build model and processes to better mitigate future cybersecurity breaches. It also has expanded its systems monitoring capabilities as part of efforts to help customers better manage the complexities of hybrid cloud environments. 

Mention SolarWinds and most would recall a colossal security breach that triggered when a malware-laced update for the vendor’s Orion network monitoring platform was sent to customers. Thousands of companies received the Orion update containing the malicious code Sunburst, including US government agenciesMicrosoft, Malwarebytes, and FireEye, which first raised the alarm in December 2020.

Acknowledging that 2021 was a tough year, SolarWinds’ president and CEO Sudhakar Ramakrishna told ZDNet that the company spent the time and investment assessing what it needed to do to beef up its infrastructure and processes. 

In January 2021, with Ramakrishna then newly on board, SolarWinds brought in Chris Krebs, former director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and former Facebook

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