Lessons From The New Threat Environment From Sony, Anthem And ISIS


Editor’s note: Cameron F. Kerry is a distinguished visiting fellow in The Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation and is a regular contributor to TechTank, a Brookings blog focused on improving technology policy.  

The cyberattack on Sony Pictures entertainment left plenty of roiled waters in its aftermath: lawsuits from employees whose personal information was leaked; apologies to President Obama and other subjects of hasty emails; U.S. sanctions against North Korea and a war of words back and forth; and the irony of Sony turning to the entity most identified in those emails as a threat to its content distribution model, Google, to distribute “The Interview.”

The Anthem hack exposed a record number of customers. Such a large-scale attack on health records rather than payments (as in the comparable Target attack) was new and raises questions as to just what information the hackers were seeking.

Now come

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