Log4j Highlights Need for Better Handle on Software Dependencies


It’s a new year and the cybersecurity community now faces the long-term consequences of yet another software supply chain security nightmare. After a year full of application security zero-day fallout, the Log4j vulnerability debacle (also referred to as Log4Shell) was like a thematic bookend for 2021 that closed out the year much in the way SolarWinds started it.

The real-world consequences of these incidents schooled enterprise IT teams in too many ways to count. But perhaps the most important lesson to bubble up is how much work many organizations need to do to truly understand and manage what code is running under the hood across their software portfolios. Like the SolarWinds incident before it, the Log4j fiasco highlighted how many hidden software dependencies exist in enterprise software — and how hard it is to stamp out critical underlying flaws when these dependencies aren’t sufficiently understood.

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