Cyber attacks can vary significantly with different degrees of sophistication and multiple motivations, targets, agendas, and goals driving the behavior. For example, some cyber attackers act purely for financial gain while other attackers are motivated by political factors. It is not clear exactly how Sony was attacked. However, it is clear that the attack was intended to harm the company as much as possible in multiple ways.
How Are Hackers Getting Into Company Systems?
In more and more cases of security breach, hackers are using custom malware that slips under the radar of antivirus software – even up to date software. In most cases, the hackers use complex social engineering techniques to introduce the custom malware in order to exploit systems and weak points in software programs. For many companies, their biggest vulnerability is their employees. For example, the 2013 Target security breach took place because a Target HVAC vendor employee clicked on a phishing email that contained malware.
The Sony breach is more serious than previous attacks because the hackers went after the infrastructure of a national company. While they weren't going after employees or physical property, they were intending to devastate the company beyond repair. It is the first time that hackers have gone after a company with the goal of harming them in this manner. The United States is left to figure out what sort of response Sony should take to address national security issues properly.
How Can I Protect My Company Against Hackers?
One of the best ways to safeguard your company against a cyber attack is to implement managed network services, such as the services that UCI offers. With around-the-clock availability, performance and utilization tracking and analysis as well as integrated support between professional service teams and managed services, you have increased security for virtually every aspect of your business. With an extensive range of service choices, you can customize your managed network services to fit the needs of your company, enabling the highest level of security possible.
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