Security Expert: PSN Relaunch Should Have Had Government Approval

In an article in The Australian Queensland University of Technology professor Bill Caelli says that Sony should keep the PlayStation Network and other services that were compromised by hackers in April offline until governments around the world are satisfied that the company has put enough security in place to protect customers.

Caelli, who the publication calls a "security expert," thinks the Japanese government has the right idea in putting Sony’s services on hold while it verifies the strength and depth of new security measures.

"Why is it that in the IT industry enterprises certify themselves?" he said, adding that the general public has "no way of assessing the assurances given by the owners of the system themselves."

Of course, it is too late to unring that bell; over the weekend Sony relaunched most of its PlayStation Network and other PS3 related services in North America and Europe.

Source: C&VG

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    DorthLous says:

    I agree that government agencies are very poor judge of security (having worked as a consultant for one, I can guarantee it), however, SONY is also a very bad judge of security (or at least, was up to now, maybe this was the wake-up call they needed). Either way, there really should be government recognized agencies that certify whether or not a business meets at least the minimum requirements. I’m no white hat, but I’m afraid if I tried my best to find a way into SONY’s system, I would succeed, and I’m far from being the best at this game…

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    Grif says:

    Considering the remarkable number of times our own government’s security has been compromised, I doubt they have any room to cast judgment.


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    rma2110 says:

    The Playstation Store is not open. The only services being offered are home, trophy syncing, friends lists, and multi-player capabilities. In otherwords, there is no credt card info currently being used on PSN. I see no problem with allowing services that don’t involve credit cards to run while the playstation’s store’s security is checked.

    Maybe I’m being selfish because I want to play Portal 2 co-op :) Still, I have always used points cards with PSN, XBL, and iTunes. My e-mail and an old address and phone number are out there though, No big deal.

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    Thad says:

    Is anybody actually saying Sony should have PERFECT protection?  Or even "the best"?  I think if they set the bar at "adequate" it would be a marked improvement.

    There are best-practices rules agreed to throughout the security industry.  And maybe Sony was following them — but given their track record over the past few years (music CD DRM that installs rootkits and can be circumvented by turning off Autoplay, Blu-Ray encryption cracked because keys are stored in RAM, PS3 security cracked because signatures weren’t salted) I’m not inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt.

    I’m not entirely sure I trust the idea of a government standards body for security at this stage, for the reasons outlined in my post below, but I think it’s abundantly clear at this point that Sony shouldn’t be auditing its own security.

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    Grif says:

    This may be a good idea if there was such a thing as perfect protection, so the government could disallow it until one was established.

    But, the reality is that there is no such thing as a perfect system, so we just have to go with the best that we can. Which is hopefully better than what we had before.

    It just happens that sometimes the best isn’t good enough.


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    Thad says:

    I’m of two minds on this.

    I think a competent government body capable of granting security certifications is a good idea.

    But on the other hand, while I can’t speak for Australia, I believe all three branches of government in the States have repeatedly proven themselves to be utterly incompetent at understanding modern technology, and I’m not inclined to trust them on principle.

    Now, if we’re talking about using the same security standards used for US intelligence agencies, I’m all for that, but there’s still the matter of recruiting security experts to audit.  Right now there are a lot more of those in private industry than in government, but there are also plenty of out-of-work engineers and IT guys who’d love an opportunity to do this kind of work.

    Hell, I’d be happy to apply myself — not that I’d claim to be an expert, but I know what salting is, which would tend to indicate I’m more competent than the guys Sony’s been hiring.

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