Jun 26 2011   11:24PM GMT

LulzSec is Good for Security

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, I am sure that we all have heard about the rampant hacker group making their rounds of the low hanging fruit (and some not so low). A good chunk of their hacking attempts, which you can find here, seem to be focused on Sony. Almost as if one of the guys worked for Sony or knew someone who worked for Sony. In any case of employment, they definitely have it out for Sony and for some reason the PBS. What did PBS ever to do hackers? Apart from the PBS, which is likely just underfunded, they are successful and that should make them public enemy number 1 but are you number 2 on their list, pun intended.

Well, everyone knows what they can do. There are volumes of books published on the problem. The problem usually comes down to money, man-power (also money) and expertise (kind-of also money). People see security as a flu shot. But IT departments who yell for security options don’t get heard by management … well not at least until LulzSec or someone similar rears their head. Then it is all panic and third-party reviews and finger pointing.

LulzSec is good for security because it makes people take it seriously. No one takes the flu shot seriously until there is enough of a panic to make people think about it. Even though everyone says you should eat well and drink lots of water, the IT version of donuts and coffee are what people will ingest until they get sick of being sick (or hacked). Let’s all take the adage that is in favor of prevention and use some security tools now. It will save you later.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)

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