Though Sony has restored service to its PlayStation Network, the company’s CEO recently expressed doubt that his – or any company – could guarantee protection from future data breaches.
Last month, Sony suffered a data breach to its PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment that may have compromised personal information of more than 100 million account holders. In response, Sony shut down its online gaming services for several weeks, until restoring partial service this weekend.
While the company has since made several moves to protect against future incidents, Sony CEO Howard Stringer recently told the Wall Street Journal that he does not believe the PSN or any online system will ever be “100 percent secure.”
“It’s the beginning, unfortunately, or the shape of things to come,” Stringer told the news provider. “It’s not a brave new world; it’s a bad new world.”
Stringer’s comments reflect not only a growing pessimism among enterprises, but also the increasing threats posed by cyber criminals. As cyber attacks and malware become more sophisticated, many businesses are struggling to guarantee the safety of both customer and corporate information. Even businesses that do manage to stay on the cutting edge of data security may face data breach risks from internal threats.
For these reasons, many experts say it is important that businesses establish sound data protection policies and practices to minimize any threat. While security is not guaranteed, taking the right measures can help mitigate the odds of an incident.
Sony has already taken a number of steps to decrease the chances of another similar data breach. Earlier this month, the electronics corporation announced that it has enhanced its levels of data protection and encryption, as well as its detection software. Additionally, the company said it has relocated its data center to an undisclosed location and will appoint a new chief information security officer.
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