sony hackedThis isn’t the first reported incidence that Sony has been hacked. Back in 2011, Sony’s PlayStation division had a network outage that lasted 24 days. Information from 77 million accounts had reportedly been stolen. Now, the Sony Pictures division has been compromised. The hack involves ZIP (archive) files that will be released, to the world, if #GOP’s demands have not been met.

What Sony is Facing

With confirmation from Sony that one of their servers was hacked, employees were instructed to go home because their entire network rendered unusable. Sony instructed all their employees to turn off their computers, disconnect from Wi-Fi and not connect to corporate networks or emails. This should tell you, they are at a strong loss of time and production is being delayed, not a good thing to happen.

What did Sony leave vulnerable?

  1. Financial documents
  2. Communications
  3. Identifications of important personnel
  4. Security breach information
  5. Passwords to accounts and information


Having a proper IT department that regulates and manages these signatures coming into your servers is important to have. In Sony’s case, it would have been a good idea to bring in an outside company to audit their work. An audit shouldn’t be viewed as taboo, but as an insurance policy. Auditing is a practice to make sure information and client data is safe, and to make sure you are in good standing. Protect your clients, protect yourself. Aside from outsourcing an audit, here are some precautions you can take on a business and residential level:

  • Use different passwords for different users – ensures that hackers can’t get into all your accounts, use a generator if necessary
  • Use password banks on mobile devices – store your passwords using secure apps, not documents, to ensure protection of your accounts
  • Audit regularly – audits should be conducted on a regular basis, to make sure your coding is up-to-date and risk free
  • Trust certain employees – if an employee changes jobs, change passwords to ensure a high level of security. Don’t forget to disconnect their access, immediately.

Don’t wait until you’re in trouble to take IT security seriously. Give us a call at (613) 828-1280 or email us at Fuelled Networks is here to help you avoid the ever-so-common security breach.

I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.

Published On: 27th November 2014 by Ernie Sherman.