Sony's uncomfortable security microscope will last for months

Summary:Sony's problems with its PlayStation Network is likely to keep the company under the security spotlight for months to come. Every small security detail will be magnified.

Sony's problems with its PlayStation Network is likely to keep the company under the security spotlight for months to come.

And that's not a great position to be in.

The latest news on the Sony security front is barely worthy of a mention. Sony Thailand has a live phishing site on one of the company's servers. F-Secure highlighted the attack.

In the security industry figuring out what not to cover is just as important as knowing what to expand on. If F-Secure's alert wasn't attached to Sony it would merely pass by. In fact, it's a non-event.

However, Sony is under fire due to suffering a data breach and outage for its PlayStation Network (PSN). Once a company is deemed insecure it can take forever to rebound. In recent days:

Simply put, Sony is taking a beating and probably will continue to do so no matter how much it apologizes, overcommunicates and offers free credit monitoring. Every potential security hole will be probed by hackers. Every small security problem will be magnified by the press. Sony is a big target and will remain so until it has perfect security. The problem: No company has perfect security, but Sony better get damn close.

Sony is retooling security processes in real-time and that takes time. Repairing the hit to Sony's reputation will take even longer.

Topics: Hardware, Security

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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