Post SolarWinds: Enhanced Security Methods. Er, What?

January 22, 2021

I find it interesting that the SolarWinds’ security misstep has faded. I assumed (the old ass of you and me saw is applicable) that after a teeny little security breach, information technology professionals would exert a teeny little effort to make sure obvious security lapses were remediated. Was I incorrect? Absolutely, gentle reader.

I noted the Beeb’s article “Malware Found on Laptops Given Out by Government”. The “government” is the United Kingdom’s Brexit capable entity. I learned:

Some of the laptops given out in England to support vulnerable children home-schooling during lockdown contain malware….The malware, which they said appeared to be contacting Russian servers, is believed to have been found on laptops given to a handful of schools.

I love the “some” and the “handful.” Ho ho ho.

Like the SolarWinds’ misstep, numbers in which one can be confident are not readily available. What is available is the indifference organizations have to the risks and threats malware on school laptops and educational computers pose. Thinking about human trafficking and child pornography. Distasteful for sure, but these “government” computers may provide information useful for other pursuits; for example, blackmail, extortion, and parent or guardian financial information.

One source for the tolerant Beeb allegedly said:

“We believe this is not widespread.”

Right, 18,000 organizations compromised via the SolarWinds’ misstep should be ignored.

Let’s here it for security well implemented. Wait. I don’t hear any rah rah. Must be an intercepted Internet stream which does not happen in the UK.

Stephen E Arnold, January 22, 2021

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