January 21, 2019

Sony Hack Implications For The Cybersecurity Of Your Company

Without question, the biggest entertainment story, maybe even the biggest story period at the end of 2014 was the Sony hack by presumed North Korean agents in response to the release of The Interview. Beyond the leak of unreleased movies like Annie and Still Alice, the hackers behind the cyber-attack stole the personal, financial and medical data about thousands of past and present SPE employees and their dependents. By failing to properly secure such information, Sony Pictures Entertainment placed the future of the company in jeopardy by opening the door to countless civil lawsuits and class action suits.

The Sony Cyber-Attack & Your Company

Can you imagine such a cyber-attack against your company and the ugly consequences? Would you be able to survive class action lawsuits by employees and ex-employees if such information was stolen and used against them? Do you want the private emails between you and your employees to be revealed in public?

The goal of Zephyr Networks is to help you avoid such devastation by providing you with the latest in information technology protection in the form of cybersecurity, network security and computer security. If a multinational company as large as Sony Pictures Entertainment could be severely hurt and publicly humiliated by a cyber-attack, then your company is at risk as well.

 Confidential Employee Information Stolen

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The Sony Hack & Your Company’s Cybersecurity

Before going any further into what Zephyr Networks can do to help, here is a sample of what was stolen by the hackers. The damage goes well beyond the early release of a few minor movies and some scandalous emails between executives and producers. According to a notice letter to employees that was dated December 8, 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment revealed that unauthorized individuals as a result of a “brazen cyber-attack” had obtained identifiable information about employees and their dependents. Sony Pictures Entertainment listed the following types of information that may have been obtained:

“(i) name, (ii) address, (iii) social security number, driver’s license number, passport number and/or other government identifier, (iv) bank account information, (v) credit card information for corporate travel and expense, (vi) username and passwords, (vii) compensation and (viii) other employment-related information. In addition, unauthorized individuals may have obtained (ix) HIPAA protected health information, such as name, social security number, claims appeals information you submitted to SPE (including diagnosis and disability code), date of birth, home address, and member ID number to the extent that you and/or your dependents participated in SPE health plans, and (x) health/medical information that you provided to use outside of SPE health plans.”

In a downright shocking account of the hack, C-SPAN reported that the hackers stole 47,000 unique Social Security numbers from the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer network. The hackers claim to have stolen over 100 terabytes of data from Sony. Can you imagine if such confidential information about your employees was stolen from your company? Rather than working on growing your business, you would be entrenched in legal fights as you struggled to survive the onslaught of lawsuits.

A Goal Of Zephyr Networks

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Zephyr Cybersecurity Protection

The goal of Zephyr Networks is to make sure that no such cyber-attack is ever allowed to hurt our client companies. Yes, we understand that your company most likely will not be targeted by North Korea or any such foreign entity. Given the power of hackers, however, one disgruntled employee or angry competitor easily could wreak illegal damage on your company. What bothers Zephyr Networks is how many companies remain unprotected and how at risk their confidential information is when it doesn’t have to be that way.

To learn more about how Zephyr Networks can help your company address the issue of cybersecurity and network security, please call (800) 884-7559 for a free consultation.

Since Recorded Data Breaches Doubled In 2012, Zephyr Networks Asks How Big Will The Increase Be In 2013

In the final months of 2013, Zephyr Networks wants to point out that the number of recorded data breaches more than doubled in 2012 to 2,644 incidents. It is important to realize that these are only the recorded incidents. Companies often cover-up data breaches to protect the estimated public integrity of their business. Still, even without the additional numbers due to unrecorded data breaches, this was still a 117% increase, according to a report by Open Security Foundation.

Recorded Date Breaches

 

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Data Breaches Are Like Open Books

A co-author of the report, Risk Based Security CEO Barry Kouns agrees with Zephyr Networks when it comes to the final estimation of data breaches during any calendar year. Kouns explained the need for discrimination when analyzing the given statistics: “We must exercise caution when analyzing the number of exposed records since on average, 26 percent of the incidents tracked do not report the number of exposed records.”  

If your company had an unrecorded data breach in 2012 or 2013 that you chose to keep under the covers, please do not remain in denial. The data breach did happen, and, without proper network security precautions, it most likely will happen again. Zephyr Networks is a top provider of network security options and services. In 2012, data breaches in the business sector accounted for 60% of total incidents, followed by government (17.9%), Education (12%) and Medical (9.5%).

External Data Breaches

Nearly 77% of reported incidents were carried out by external agents or activity outside the organization, and 68.2% of the data breach incidents were carried out through hacking. In fact, hacking was responsible for 22.8% of exposed records in 2012. Internal data breaches accounted for 19.5% of incidents as company employees crossed the line into criminality.  66.7% of the data breaches led directly to exposed records of confidential information and client data.

Overall, when compared to the rest of the world, the United States amazingly accounted for 40% of recorded data breaches. Considering the population size when compared to the billions of people across the globe, this figure is both impressive and scary. What will the increase in the number of recorded data breaches be in 2013?  If you need help preventing future data breaches, please call Zephyr Networks toll free at (800) 884-7559 or fill out our handy contact form.