Will hack attacks finally become a boardroom issue?

Summary:Lockheed Martin and PBS confirmed that they were hacked as the high-profile security breaches are beginning to pile up. Is it time for CEOs to put security on the front burner?

Lockheed Martin and PBS confirmed that they were hacked as the high-profile security breaches are beginning to pile up. Is it time for CEOs to put security on the front burner?

Oh sure, all chief executives say they value security. Security is one of those things you always value. The disconnect comes when there are shabby security practices riding shotgun with intent.

Among the more notable attacks over the last few months:

Meanwhile, it takes little to get hacktivists wound up. PBS was hacked for a Frontline story on Wikileaks. Yup, that's it.

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PBS network, server and database details were compromised. The attackers also noted that Tupac was still alive in New Zealand. PBS News Hour's Twitter feed is full of mea culpas and notes about how it was working to get back up to speed. Through Sunday night a group called LulzSec was having its way with PBS. LulzSec said:

Greetings, Internets. We just finished watching WikiSecrets and were less than impressed. We decided to sail our Lulz Boat over to the PBS servers for further... perusing.

The Wall Street Journal in a report said that corporate executives can't afford to take a passive approach to cybersecurity. Well, it's about time. You could never take a passive approach. Passive companies lose data. However, until boards of directors start firing execs over breaches passive is likely to be the norm.

Here's the larger issue: Few CEOs are well versed in security. They are told the company is secure, but it's not like they can micromanage. Banks, retailers and government contractors know reputations are at stake, but it's time other sectors get with the program too.

Topics: CXO, 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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