Reduce Your Vendor Footprint

Don Wickelgren
February 17, 2021

Bypassing security by injecting malware and viruses into existing trusted delivery systems is the security nightmare scenario. I’ve been advocating for 10 years to reduce your vendor footprint. Producing the number of vendors that you have reduces the number of places that a bad actor can penetrate your systems.

So how do you reduce the number of vendors? Purchase all networking equipment from the same vendor. Purchase and use common software vendors. Even if you hear or feel some software is a little bit better know that in one or two years the situation will probably flip flop. Buying antivirus was adding insult to injury. You would have to pay the antivirus company money for their software, they would install and invade your operating system and then either unwittingly or winningly inject malware onto your computers.



Don Wicklegren is Xilium's founder. He is a technologist by profession who started his career pre-internet in remote medical technology and learning. He has worked in both small and large corporations with world-wide remote staff and became a part of the team who developed the first commercial internet. As an entrepreneur, he started his first technology company in 2001. In Xilium, he focuses on innovating solutions for the US healthcare system.