HP Refocuses Its Security Efforts in Light of Sony Hack, Company Split
HP's top security executive discusses how security conversations have changed in the post-Sony hack era and why.The security landscape in 2015 is already shifting, as organizations big and small try to avoid ending up as a victim of a data breach like the one that took a toll on Sony Pictures. The impact of the Sony breach is being felt at Hewlett-Packard as the company aims to protect itself and its customers in a year that is set to bring great change. Although changes in the market are likely in the year ahead, Art Gilliland, senior vice president and general manager of Enterprise Security Products at HP, noted that many of the attacks in recent months have stayed consistent and the Sony attack is an example of issues that have been talked about for a while. One of those issues is the risk of co-operative attacks, where there is an adversarial entity that has an objective of breaching a specific organization. "What is different about the Sony attack is that it is the first time that we've seen what we believe to be nation-state sponsored cyber-damage," Gilliland told eWEEK.
As opposed to being just an attack to steal information, Gilliland believes real damage was done to Sony as an act of cyber-terrorism.