Joint H-ISAC, AHA White Paper Strategic Threat Intelligence: Preparing for the Next “Solarwinds” Event April 2021

Health-ISAC, in cooperation with the American Hospital Association, has published our Strategic Threat Intelligence: Preparing for the Next "SolarWinds" Event report, which focuses on the key characteristics contributing to many enterprise network compromises, including the recent SolarWinds Orion incident.

The paper is meant for all audiences, non-technical and technical, as it presents strategic level decision elements that senior leaders including C-Suite Executives can use to help understand the risks involved with certain enterprise IT systems in their network environment. The intelligence also provides detailed technical analysis and recommendations for IT and information security teams to help address immediate concerns by providing tactical mitigations and recommendations. For our technical audience, this paper presents a detailed analysis of characteristics that allowed the SolarWinds incident to affect multiple industries, organizations, and systems.

The ability to extract the characteristics and features of SolarWinds could allow organizations to predict and hopefully prevent the next “SolarWinds”-like event in their enterprise environments. Key topics from the report include:

  • Executive Summary
  • SolarWinds - Characteristics that made the attack possible
  • Other examples from the past
  • HP OpenView (2009)
  • Wannacry (2017)
  • Petya and NotPetya (2017)
  • SAP Solution Manager (SolMan) (2021)
  • Technical Recommendations
  • Recommendations from Health-ISAC and AHA
  • Resources

View the entire white paper below. 

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