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Blue Knot Speaker Series: Jason Carrier & Leon Adato

January 19 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

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Avoiding Sunburns in Our New Reality: Lessons from the SolarWinds Breach

6:15-6:30 PM | Mingling + Networking
6:30-7:30 PM | Presentation + Q&A

On December 12, 2020, the tech world was rocked by the news that SolarWinds, the Network Performance Monitoring market leader, had suffered a major security breach of its software build system. Over time, it became clear this was the largest hack of a software vendor by a foreign state in US history. The details of what really happened are still unclear – obscured by a never-ending fog of inaccuracies, false narratives, and hype. While “what happened” may seem like a compelling story to explore, for most folks in tech, business, and cybersecurity this situation is overshadowed by a far more important question: “What can we learn, and how can we prevent similar events in the future?” In this 1 hour session, Jason Carrier and Leon Adato will explore the lessons the SolarWinds breach holds for business leaders and IT professionals alike.

Register for the Zoom link here.


Jason Carrier
LinkedIn: jason-carrier
Twitter: @network_carrier
As an Air Force veteran and DoD contractor in a previous life, Jason performed various network and systems engineering roles all over the world. In 2017, he attended the MS in Technology Commercialization program at the University of Texas. After graduating, and a one-year fellowship with Texas Venture Labs, he led development of SolarWinds’ flagship product. He continues to drive development of network management tools today (albeit elsewhere).

Leon Adato
LinkedIn: adatole
Twitter: @leonadato
In his sordid career, Leon’s worked as an actor, bug exterminator, electrician, carpenter, stage-combat instructor, American Sign Language interpreter, and Sunday school teacher. Oh, and he’s worked with computers. Formerly a Head Geek at SolarWinds (yes, that was REALLY his job title) he now leverages his 30+ years in IT (20+ of them focused on monitoring and automation) for the betterment of the world.


January 19
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
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