CEO Jack Tretton didn't minimize the breach, grouping Sony with others that have been hacked in recent weeks. "If you read the newspapers, you realize that there are companies being bombarded with people trying to hack them all the time."
Breaches will not slow anytime soon, and there's not much financial institutions and the payments chain can do to stop them. At this point, the best course of action for banks and retailers is to focus on damage control.
"I'd like to make sure our recommendations fit with what the FFIEC is recommending, to continue to help us mitigate risk," says Michael J. Wyffels, SVP and CTO of QCR Holdings Inc. "But the hackers seem to continue to find new ways to exploit vulnerabilities."
When a database breach occurs, consumer notification continues to be a public problem. And it's time for the federal government to step in, says Linda Foley, co-founder of the non-profit Identity Theft Resource Center.
"I think this is another great example of the lengths to which criminals will go to perpetrate these schemes, and the amount of homework they do," says Julie McNelley, banking and payments fraud analyst at Aite Group.
Melissa Hathaway, at a cybersecurity forum for lawyers, calls for the cybersecurity education of judges so justice could be served in an era of digital assaults. She also explains how the Sony breach provides a new path for malware.
A new federal suit against Michaels claims the crafts retailer, hit by a POS skimming scheme in May, took too long to notify customers after it learned of the breach that affected stores in 20 U.S. states.
The legislation sponsored by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy would nationalize data breach notification and stiffen penalties for those who fail to notify law enforcement and individuals of a data breach.
David Navetta, an attorney who specializes in IT security and privacy, says the magistrate's recommendation, if accepted by the judge, could set an interesting legal precedent about the security banks are expected to provide for commercial customers.