The Sony Pictures hack of 2014 was a moment of awakening for every major corporation that stores data.
So, all of them.
Over the course of as long as a year, thousands of documents and emails were stolen from Sony’s servers by a hacker group calling themselves “Guardians of Peace.” Then, on November 24, 2014, Sony employee salaries, private emails and unreleased films were made public.
Suddenly, an entire company’s once-private information was available for all to see.
Before this breach occurred, cybersecurity vendors focused on threats like intellectual property theft. The idea of a multi-billion dollar corporation falling victim to a cyberattack wasn’t top of mind, according to Cathy Main, vice president of marketing and corporate relations at NSS Labs.