Cyber-Criminals Hacking Away at Corporate Reputations

Computer hacking seems to have reached epic proportions, as several high-profile security breaches have occurred in the past several weeks. Lockheed Martin, PBS and Sony have all had their computer security systems violated recently. And as the frequency of computer breaches increases, so does the real threat of damage to an organization's reputation.

Example: Today it was reported that a hacker group claimed to have breached a server at Booz Allen Hamilton, and released a list of more than 90,000 military e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords. This has got to be a source of embarrassment for BAH, because the company says on its Web site that it provides clients with "robust cybersecurity solutions." Ouch.

BAH wouldn't comment on the breach, but at some point the company will have to (or should) address it, if only to shore up its reputation. Andy Greenberg of Forbes calls the recent rash of hacking incidents "the summer of anti-security." Do you feel that the escalation of these cyber-intrusions will cause serious damage reputation damage to organizations—or is the public now treating computer hacking as a ho-hum occurrence?

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