Since the new of the hack is released, it seem the situation has worsen for Sony as each day goes by. From leakage of scripts, celebrities’ confidential information to virus that wipe out data from the network, just how much worse can it get? While there are 7 outrageous things you can learn from the leak, there are several lessons businesses can take away from this big event.
1. Things can get ugly
Think that virus/malware will only slow down or make your PC breakdown? Nowadays the money is in holding your data hostage or spying on your cyber action and capturing those data.
Imagine you have a information leak, and confidential data of your clients get reveal to the public, what will the consequences be for your business? This is especially true for industries that are sensitive client oriented such as the finance, legal and private health care.
With the recently enacted Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) in Singapore, you are going to be hit all over by lawsuits and loss of reputation.
2. Backup Backup Backup
As with the golden rule, Backup Backup Backup and even more backup servers if you can. As your company data grows, always plan on how to backup server.
A rare data wiping virus is also planted into Sony’s network, infected machines are basically knocked out and made useless, making it harder for Sony to recover from the attack. What will you do if 1 day you lost your clients’ precious data, for example his health records or account information? How will you recover from this setback if you do not have a proper backup system in place?
After the Sony’s attack, FBI are warning U.S firms of the data wiping virus and to have a backup plan prepared. Wait a min you say ? “That warning is for U.S firms, it will not affect us in Singapore”?
This bring us to the third point.
3. It Can Happen To Anyone
While nobody expected Sony to suffer an attack of this magnitude, it still happen to them. Moreover do you think a smaller scale attack will not affect you as well? Refer to point 1.
The world we are in now are connected globally, it is said that you can get to anyone in the world through 6 contacts. Have you or your employees have friends/contacts from overseas? The Cryptolocker virus that rears its ugly head in the U.S late 2012/early 2013 has spread to Australia, causing massive damage in the millions by preventing businesses from opening their own files.
We have known from contacts they have handled 2 companies in Singapore that got infected with the Cryptolocker virus, causing tens over thousands of damage to the business. It does not matter where the virus or hackers are from, the attacks are going global now.
As they say – Better start getting some protection while you can, before the lawsuits, downtime and loss of business come.
At Blazon Technologies, we specialized in protecting our clients’ network and data, ensuring they can keep running their business even if disaster strikes them. To find out how we can help you with your security and protection, contact us for more information.