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Email security becomes a priority after Sony Pictures breach

Companies are trying to learn from the SPE breach, increasing email security to prevent data breaches and theft, along with possible embarassment.

Published Wed, Dec 31 2014 9:03 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:11 PM CST

Companies must learn from the mistakes made by Sony Pictures leading up to a data breach carried out by the Guardians of Peace - and that should translate to increased network security and better training for employees. In addition to the stolen movies and leaked employee personal information, embarrassing emails sent and received among executives at the company caused an additional layer of an expanding public relations nightmare.

Email security becomes a priority after Sony Pictures breach | TweakTown.com

"Now you have to operate under the mindset that my email is not confidential," said Frank Mong, GM of enterprise security solutions with Hewlett-Packard, in a recent interview published by the San Jose Mercury News. "We should all live with a little more paranoia when we do these things - ask, 'Is this really legitimate?' Should I really be clicking that?"

While the SPE breach is an ideal learning opportunity, many companies will refuse to make adjustments and could be next in line to suffer an incident. Companies need to create guidelines that force employees to use more complicated passwords, and hire third-party cybersecurity firms to educate employees on identifying phishing and spear-phishing attacks.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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