CSO Perspectives (Pro) 6.3.24
Ep 111 | 6.3.24

SolarWinds and the SEC.

Show Notes

Rick Howard, N2K’s CSO and The CyberWire’s Chief Analyst and Senior Fellow, presents the argument for why the SEC was misguided when it charged the SolarWinds CISO, Tim Brown, with fraud the after the Russian SVR compromised the SolarWinds flagship product, Orion. Our guests are, Steve Winterfeld, Akamai’s Advisory CISO, and Ted Wagner, SAP National Security Services CISO.

For a complete reading list and even more information, check out Rick’s more detailed essay on the topic.


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