Howard Stringer defends Sony’s PSN timeline

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Howard Stringer defends Sony's PSN timeline - 2011-05-17 21:27:24

The Sony CEO insists that the company has been sharing information in a timely fashion.


Sony has taken a lot of heat for the PSN security breach, especially when it comes to the week delay between the initial assault and the company’s first official public statement. Howard Stringer, however, makes no apologies for the wait. The Sony boss insists that his company “reported quickly,” and that Sony has been as transparent as possible during “an unprecedented situation.”

“Most of these breaches go unreported by companies,” said Stringer. “Forty-three percent notify victims within a month. We reported in a week. You’re telling me my week wasn’t fast enough?”

“In every level of the company we are examining security,” he continued. “From televisions to e-books, and onwards.”

Personally, I don’t fault Sony for keeping quiet until they understood the scope of the attack. The public reaction has been more hysterical than rational and I’d much rather have facts than suppositions. If anything, an incomplete report probably would have made the situation worse, and a week seems like a perfectly reasonable timeframe for a three-team forensics investigation.

Considering the backlash, it’s also not particularly surprising to learn that similar attacks might go unreported. Sony has at least owned up to their mistake – Stringer says that they’re still investigating the source of the breach – but that doesn’t mean they’re the only company that has problems with security.

Sources: Reuters and The NY Times


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