This article originally appeared in SC Magazine on March 7, 2019.
What do the 3ve ad fraud campaign, the Magecart credit card skimming attacks and the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal have in common? They were all made possible through the use of unmanaged third-party code, according to Chris Olson, CEO of The Media Trust, speaking to the SC Media at RSA 2019.
There was a time when websites and mobile apps relied primarily on their own source code, but the advent of third-party services has flipped that equation, explained Olson. Now third-party code often far exceeds proprietary code, and that leaves website and app developers vulnerable because they have little control or visibility over code that’s not their own.
View the interview here.