"Fire at Will!"
I'm starting to feel like the continual attacks on Sony are growing tiresome. At the E3 2011 Conference Sony execs apologized for the network outage and promised new gaming innovations as a way to thank members for their loyalty. Sure. How about the part where users are thanked with tighter security measures that are implemented NOW? In this article Alastair Stevenson reports that there may be little Sony can do: With groups like LulzSec continuing to target Sony despite the company's PR efforts and numerous peace-offerings this battle could prove harder than Sony initially estimated. The trouble is that if hacker groups choose to operate like LulzSec, there may be little Sony can do to deter them. As evidenced by the group's attack on Sony, motivation certainly doesn't seem to be required. Because of this Sony may well find itself the subject of a continued campaign against it irrespective of what peace offerings or reforms it makes. Not true. What Sony can do is stop apologizing and watching the continued attacks, and invest in better security measures. Breaches are no longer a matter of "wow, how could this happen?," but rather "when and if, we need to be prepared." It's time to stop hiding behind the false sense of security PCI compliance and antiquated data protection measures like encryption provide. Mask the data and move on from the mess.