Learning from Sony: What Valley companies should take away from the hack

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Tech experts say hackers took Sony for a lot.

F1 Solutions in Huntsville does IT work. Their Troy McCartney tells us, "What I was reading was about a hundred terabytes of data."

Let's get some perspective, a lot of phones these days come with 32 gigabytes of storage

The data Sony hackers made off with could fill 3,200 of those. That's how at least a share of the blame can fall on Sony itself.

McCartney assesses, "It was an egregious oversight."

One change at the company may have kept those hacking hands off a big chunk of data.

The only problem being that the necessary change takes dedication.

McCartney elaborates, "There's no one thing that fixes it. It requires an attitude amongst the company, a culture amongst the company and the constant vigilance."

That culture could do worlds for the data of local companies too. After all, everyone has information they don't want compromised.

"Some of our customers are required to keep data for as far back as seven years," McCartney points out.

For example, it's not just about creating an unbreakable maze of firewalls and passwords, it's about knowing who's guiding the mice.

"Being able to account for who has access to what and being able to detect who is touching what," is how McCartney describes it.

A lesson Sony learned first hand, but McCartney says local companies can learn just from watching, "It's really about attitude and culture."

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