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The 10 Most Controversial Companies Of 2020

The global pandemic forever changed the technology landscape in 2020, but it was one security breach after another that grabbed the biggest headlines of the year. Here’s our list of the top 10 most controversial companies of the year.

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Security Breaches, Chip Wars And Channel Conflict

Staying ahead of the increasingly sophisticated attacks of cyberterrorists proved to be every bit as difficult as dealing with the day-to-day fallout from the global COVID-19 pandemic for companies in 2020.

The year featured one of the top network monitoring tool makers in the world and an MSP stalwart as the linchpin in what will ultimately be remembered as one of the most infamous cybersecurity breaches in the history of computing. That blockbuster breach also ensnared a software giant that invests more than $1 billion a year on security as well as other high-tech powerhouses.

The nation state attack reverberated throughout the industry as the year came to a close with security fear, uncertainty and doubt pervasive going into the new year. The SolarWinds-based attack was just one of a number of high-profile attacks that put companies on the controversial list, including a CRN Solution Provider 500 powerhouse that reported a Maze ransomware attack that resulted in a $50 million to $70 million revenue and margin hit.

The list of controversial companies also included a chip behemoth challenged by a hedge fund, a software channel stalwart grappling with channel conflict, and a hyperconverged highflier that chose a new CEO and was hit with a lawsuit from his former company.

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