Cybersecurity: We Are in Deep Doo-Doo

The password is "Solarwinds123."

"Yikes" is one way to start a blog post about the status of our national cybersecurity posture — when the rating might read, "Not so good." This is especially so considering the password used by SolarWinds, which was the entry point for much of the cybersecurity intrusion across the nation that was revealed in 2020. 

I found this podcast to be full of great information and illustrations for the cyber mountain we have to climb: "Inside The Cyber Weapons Arms Rac‪e‬."

This is the description of the podcast: "The world is on the precipice of cyber catastrophe, and everything is vulnerable, including our government, nuclear weapons, elections, power grid, hospitals, and cell phones. 'New York Times' cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth explains how the U.S. went from having the world's strongest cyber arsenal to becoming so vulnerable to cyber attack. 'We have to stop leaving gaping holes in software that could be used by adversaries to pull off some of these attacks,' she says. Perlroth's new book is "This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends."

I just ordered the book!

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.