On the flipside of the coin, Sony's less sophisticated security strategy was defeated with ease, beginning in April, Wilson notes. Breaches affected millions of customers' personal data and touched the PlayStation Network, the Qriocity streaming video and music service, and SonyPitcures.com.
Sony was hacked "multiple times from multiple vectors by multiple attackers, and it didn't even seem to be difficult. Even the attacker commented on it," Wilson said. In September, Sony hired its first chief information security officer, former Homeland Security official and Microsoft exec Philip Reitinger, as InformationWeek's J. Nicholas Hoover reported. --Laurianne McLaughlin
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