SolarWinds, Microsoft, FireEye, CrowdStrike executives face U.S. Senate GRILLING

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top executives at Texas-based software company SolarWinds Corp, digital giant Microsoft Corp and cybersecurity firms FireEye Inc and CrowdStrike Holdings Inc are expected to defend their companies’ responses to a series of breaches blamed on Russian hackers when they face the U.S. Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence on Tuesday.

The four are expected to argue for more – or even mandatory – transparency in the national response against cyberespionage, which has long been hobbled by secrecy and a widespread reluctance by organizations to identify publicly as victims of hacking

The four companies are key players in the response against a spectacular set of intrusions that have allowed alleged Russian spies to run amok across American networks, compromising a total of nine federal agencies and 100 private-sector companies in what Microsoft’s president, Brad Smith, described as the “largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen.”

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