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Sony Hacked By N. Korea, Hacktivists, Ex-Employee, Or All Of The Above?
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Kelly Jackson Higgins
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12/31/2014 | 12:03:56 PM
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Yep, those simulated events/fire drills are very valuable and IR companies highly recommend businesses practice them.
Ed Telders
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Ed Telders,
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12/31/2014 | 11:58:11 AM
Re: N Korea
Yes indeed.  In a previous role many years ago I conducted a Business Continuity exercise for my company.  The Public Affairs team was very confident in their relationships with the media and their ability to handle the crisis communications for an event.  So we put them to the test.  I hired some Journalism students from the local university, had them using commercial grade video cameras (tells you how long ago this was) and microphones.  They were given the assignment to simply act as they really would pursuing a story and had them interview the public affairs team, in the room designated for press releases.  They had no script, they simply did exactly what a real live media team would do to cover a story.  Later we had the public affairs team review the tape and critique their own performance.  It was an eye opening experience for them.  They immediately reworked and refined their methods and procedures so that they would be better prepared for the real thing.   Its one thing to create an incident response procedure, it's another thing to actually do it.  Getting some "near reality" exercises improves their abilities as it would for any other team in a disaster scenario.  If more companies spent time exercising their response they would perform better when the real thing happens.  It also gives them the opportunity to find any flaws and weaknesses in their current response procedures and refine them.
RyanSepe
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12/31/2014 | 11:55:10 AM
Re: N Korea
I would have to agree. The amount of pre-compiled inside pieces leans toward the idea that inside intelligence was provided. I will be interested to see how this progresses.
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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12/31/2014 | 11:41:34 AM
Re: N Korea
@Ed Telders That would be really intriguing IF it was done correctly and Sony was willing to share its lessons learned, etc.

It's yet another example of how a detailed incident response plan (including PR, public disclosure strategy/plan) is crucial to a company's image and how something like this can take on a life of its own in the media if you don't have a good game plan.
Ed Telders
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12/31/2014 | 11:32:54 AM
Re: N Korea
Kelly, actually, you may really be on to something here.  Of course all the facts are not out yet but most of them will eventually become known.  The right movie, docu-drama, or expose, done well, could really do us a great and needed service.  Given that this happened to the entertainment industry what better source for turning this really tough issue into a public forum.  The media can capture the imagination, fire the interest, and feed the need for some real awareness.  I don't mean another silly comedy movie, but one that really highlights the issues, risks, and importantly the abilities of our  cyber-adversaries.  Maybe it'll wake some folks up !!   
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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12/31/2014 | 8:48:47 AM
Re: N Korea
@Rafer33 Like, totally. ;-)
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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12/31/2014 | 2:01:20 AM
Re: N Korea
@Kelly – I am just waiting to see who was involved in this and how they did it. Seen it as a movie will be wonderful than having it as a script. 
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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12/31/2014 | 1:34:04 AM
Re: N Korea
I'm sure an ex-employee should be part of it, at least helping the hackers with a backdoor. 
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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12/30/2014 | 9:38:58 PM
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@Kelly   Agreed !  : ) 
Rafer33
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Rafer33,
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12/30/2014 | 7:34:39 PM
Re: N Korea
"Epic breach".....learn to write....my God are you 16??
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