Wednesday, April 22, 2015
In a case of closing the barn door after the horses have escaped, a Sony lawyer sent a warning letter to the media not to use any of the material that was hacked from the company in late 2014. Predictably the media were not impressed. The lawyer forgot or didn't know that once information is public, people can and will use it, especially in the Internet age. The solution to Sony's problem was not to get hacked in the first place. Its cyber security was deficient, and the embarrassment the company suffered cannot be masked by a lawyer's missive. Sony will be struggling for months with the fallout from the hacking incident. The lesson is not to let it happen again. A company's reputation can take only so much damage.