IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Sony PlayStation, Music Network Breaches: 10 Painful Security Lessons

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-05-18 Print this article Print
Can Sony Be Trusted?

Can Sony Be Trusted?

Now that the PlayStation Network breach has thrown Sony into an embarrassing spotlight, there are undoubtedly some consumers around the world that are wondering if the company can be trusted once PlayStation Network and Qriocity are back up. Its an understandable fear. Sony made a huge mistake with this security breach and it will take a lot of time and money to rebuild its standing among consumers. If Sony learns anything during this ordeal, its that rebuilding trust is extremely difficult.
Even as Sony brings its PlayStation Network back on line the massive user data breach that shut it down nearly a month ago continues to be a major concern for millions of folks around the globe. Not only are people concerned that their personal information is currently in the hands of malicious hackers who want to exploit it, but Sony's decision to offer free identity theft protection to subscribers doesn't necessarily instill confidence. All in all, the company's admissions of poor security and details on what happened are enough to scare even the most cynical online user. There are many lessons to be learned In the wake of this data breach which affects more than 101 million Sony customers. Both consumers and companies operating online services need to pay attention to what happened at Sony. The first lesson that everyone has to learn is that personal and business data is unsecure in the cloud unless your service provider can prove otherwise. This eWEEK slide show will take a look at some of the lessons learned so far from Sony's PlayStation Network breach. Hopefully they will help to keep others safe in the face of any future breaches.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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