As you’ve probably read by now, Garmin experienced a significant outage this last week. Most of its services went down for several days, including Garmin Connect, leaving users unable to upload their activities. It’s confirmed to have been a ransomware attack.
Garmin issued a statement saying that “the functionality of Garmin products was not affected, other than the ability to access online services.”
But that’s just it. The functionality of their products is their online services. In today’s digitized culture, a run only makes a sound if it’s uploaded to the cloud and shared.
Undeniably, the digital attack surface has rapidly expanded for enterprises in the last few months. How exactly Garmin was breached remains unknown. But my guess is that their security was as lagging as their viewpoint about the value of their products.
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