Whitepaper | In Response to The SolarWinds Breach: The Need to Return to Cybersecurity Fundamentals

In mid-December 2020, SolarWinds acknowledged that it experienced a massive supply chain attack where its compromised software channel was used to push out malicious updates to 18,000 of its Orion platform customers. Several government agencies were impacted in this unprecedented breach, including the Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, and others. The fallout of this attack continues even now with the Department of Justice announcing that hackers accessed its Microsoft Office 365 email server, gaining the ability to see internal emails and correspondence.

While much of the commentary around the breach focuses on how it happened, little has been said about how to respond moving forward. This incident reminds us: we’re never too far gone to ensure we’re implementing the fundamentals. Utilizing cybersecurity basics can alleviate a number of the issues that allowed the hack to happen. We’ve put together a white paper that covers just that.

The white paper can be found here.

The realities of data security in the U.S. today

The realities of data security in the U.S. today

…what government agencies, businesses, and the public NEED to know!


Luray, VA:  It’s no secret that technology today is moving faster than ever… but is data security keeping up? In a recent Washington Examiner interview, Strong Crypto Innovations President and Principal Security Consultant, Alexander J. Fry, talked about the realities of the data security landscape, and how government agencies can become better protected.

Read the interview here: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/4-ways-the-government-can-improve-its-tech-talent/article/2598518


What’s the REAL risk?

For most Americans, the fear of a nuclear attack has long been the greatest perceived threat to the nation. Yet with highly sophisticated cyber-hackers already penetrating security walls, an attack that could paralyze businesses, a major city, or even the entire country, is well within the realms of possibility. Experts like Alexander J. Fry are acutely aware of these realities.

Fry and his team have provided security to the Department of Homeland Security, Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration, NASA, Department of Labor, Department of Commerce, Department of the Army and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. A holder of the prestigious GIAC Security Expert (GSE) designation (held by only 150 individuals worldwide), Fry is recognized as one of the best in his field – and he’s passionate about helping organizations to achieve their optimal strategic security objectives.

Said Fry, “Agencies and businesses simply aren’t keeping up with the mindset and skills of the hacker.

 With the security talent pool currently available in the U.S., no organization needs to go unprotected, and both government and corporate secrets, and the personal information of the American people, can be well secured. Agencies need to re-think their hiring protocols and make jobs more appealing to the kind of employee they need to attract.”


About Strong Crypto Innovations

Strong Crypto Innovations provides information and software security solutions to businesses and government agencies. The company’s solutions-based approach to data security not only aids organizations in protecting their data, but also assists them in recovery in the case of a breach.

See the full suite of Strong Crypto data security solutions at https://www.strongcrypto.com, or contact Alexander J. Fry at 703.574.4975 for more information.

Alexander J. Fry holds the following certifications: SANS GIAC – GSE, GCPM, GPEN, GMOB, GCIA, GCIH, GSEC, GSSP-JAVA, GWAPT ; EC-Council – LPT, ECSA, CEH ; (ISC)² – CSSLP, ISSAP, ISSEP, CISSP ; IAPP – CIPP/E, CIPP/US, CIPT ; Red Hat – RHCE ; Microsoft – MCP ; Cisco – CCNA. ; CompTIA – CompTIA Network+, CompTIA A+ ; Sun – SCJP1.1 and SCJP2.