The Sony Hack Wake-up Call
My opinion: greedy CEOs whose organizations are entrusted with our actionable data—and then allow thieves to steal it—should go to jail along with the thieves.
I'm not talking pieces of paper.
I'm talking jail time for James Dimon (JPMorgan); Craig Menear (Home Depot); Karen Katz (Neiman Marcus); Gregg Steinhafel (former CEO, Target); and Tim Cook (Apple).
Only when prison stripes replace pinstripes will the nabobs of corporate America be scared so witless and they'll stop treating their customers like dog turds.
Where to Start: CEOs, Instead of Giving (and Taking) Bonuses, INVEST!
The Home Depot story above describes how information was "stolen using point-of-sale (PoS) malware deployed across most of the retailer's 2,200 U.S. stores."
Invest in chip (not cheap) technology.
While Europe, Canada and Mexico have had chipped cards for years—usually with a chip and a PIN (personal identification number), the U.S. card issuers have studiously avoided the more secure, but more expensive, cards.
As other countries went to chip and PIN cards and the U.S. continued to rely on a less secure magnetic stripe, the predictable occurred. —Tom Groenfeldt, Forbes
In Other Words, INVEST!
Just as federal and local governments need to invest in infrastructure—highways, rails, port facilities, air terminals and 66,000 structurally deficient bridges—corporate America must invest in itself.
Now to the Great Sony Hack
It's finally out in the open.
Hackers can steal secrets and exploit the entire workings of companies—from personal data of employees, suppliers and customers down to snarky and embarrassing email exchanges at every level.
We are all at risk.
Takeaways to Consider
- The catastrophes above are the digital versions of Pearl Harbor and 9/11—the result of cheapsy-weepsy practices.
- The difference: these attacks are silent but deadly.
- Not as fluorescent. No rows of bloodied baby bodies and bombed out buildings.
- Just wrecked lives and businesses.
- "The computer is a moron." —Peter Drucker
- So are the dweebs in charge of computers.
- And especially the sleazy hierarchy they work for.
- "The Internet is still largely held together with Band-Aid fixes." —Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times
- Think be very careful what you say in your corporate email. You could find yourself being mocked all over the world and your career in tatters.
- Invest. Invest. Invest in your business.
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Halfway through "Write Everything Right!" Loving it! Would love to see it as a standard text for every high school writing class. Why don't we teach kids anything about the real world? —Tim Orr
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