Computer Security and Sony Data Breach Essay

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Information Systems for Management: BUSI 502

Subject Matter: Sony Reels from Multiple Hacker Attacks

Sony’s PSN Hackers’ Incident

New Cost Estimates for the Hacking Incident

General data breach issues. According to Osawa (2011), costs associated with the 2011 Sony data breach involving Sony Corp.’s online videogame are over a billion dollars as it takes steps to repair its customers’ base and protect its customers. Nobuo Kurahashi, as Mizuho Investors Security analyst maintained that a complete and thorough assessment of potential impact on Sony’s future business would be more difficult to quantify (as cited in Osawa, 2011). The analyst argued that if data security concerns damage Sony’s brand image, this could undermine the
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Repeat hacks against Sony’s Playstation Network. Since the April PlayStation Network breach that exposed over 100 million user accounts, Sony has been hacked more than 10 times. Sony Pictures, Sony Europe, Sony BMG Greece, Sony Thailand, Sony Music Japan, Sony Ericsson Canada, and others, have all been the target of attacks (PBS, 2012).

Protecting Private Information of Customers over the Internet

Personal/Individual Responsibilities

In today’s society, instruments such as desktops, laptops, cell phones, I-Pods, Smart Phones, and Blackberries have become as essential to daily operations and lifestyles as microwaves and televisions did 20-50 years ago (The White House, 2009). Vulnerabilities such as cyber crimes exist that jeopardizes both the availability and reliability of this technology. Because of the vast interconnectivity of the Internet to things that we, as a society uses, a person is no less safe doing things online than they are conducting transactions in real life. The first line of defense to protecting personal information on line and if one is a PlayStation Network user and one uses your password anywhere else, the person should change those passwords. The person should also be alert to unauthorized charges on their credit cards. The PlayStation Network user should check their statements frequently online in near to real time for a while, in case there are fraudulent charges. The person should especially be alert to scams that