Sony Data Breach24th December 2014
As you have probably read in the news this week, it is highly likely that North Korea hacked into Sony to prevent the release of the film ‘The Interview’
Putting aside the rights and wrong’s of Sony’s decision to withdraw the release of the film because of the threats to themselves
This incident with Sony epitomises the potential risks from cyber crime. It was not just the fact of the monetary losses involved with cancelling a movie, premiers etc, but the overall brand damage to Sony.
As a result of the hack everyone could read details of intimate emails flowing between employees. We all probably each send these types of emails daily, but when the are made public they expose the raft of human emotions from bitter to happy, vicious to petty. A casual remark that you fancy ‘x’ in Accounts could be enough to bring about mistrust of a partner or divorce.
As this article says, 2014 has been the year of data breaches – not a proud record. Let us hope it was a wake-up call to CEO’s, Directors and Owners to treat the Cyber threat seriously.
We are practicing what we preach and started down the Cyber Essentials accreditation process. Prevention is always better than cure
Daniel Solve the John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School wrote a very good piece summing up the situation