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‘No System Is 100% Secure’: Sony CEO

Sony has been trying to come back with a highly secure system, reportedly defended by multiple moats and castles

For those with the sense to listen, Sony CEO Howard Stringer stated the obvious the other day when he told Bloomberg and others that "nobody's system is 100% secure" and that it's impossible for him to guarantee the security of Sony's cloud.

Sony has been trying to come back with a highly secure system, reportedly defended by multiple moats and castles, higher levels of encryption, and intrusion detection, after suffering what some have described as the world's largest data breach last month, compromising 100 million user accounts.

Sony has yet to explain exactly what happened and there have been suggestions it was using outdated software and left known vulnerabilities open but Stringer maintains that Sony had "no reason to believe our security was not good." Apparently the attack was disguised as a purchase so Sony didn't respond, but it reportedly was unaware it was being probed ahead of time.

For all its efforts Sony still had to temporarily take down the web page that was letting users reset their passwords to the company's resurrected PlayStation Network and Qriocity widgetry after it found a new security hole that would have allowed a hacker to change those passwords again using the stolen data.

Stringer described maintaining security as "a never-ending process." The experience has apparently led him to think that hackers will eventually target the global financial system, the power grid or air-traffic control systems.

"It's the beginning, unfortunately, or the shape of things to come," he told the Wall Street Journal. "It's not a brave new world; it's a bad new world."

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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