Online Service Providers Must Strengthen Security to Counter Hackers

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

The experts recommend that online service providers seek out independent experts to assess their systems and make recommendations for more robust security. This should include the use of penetration testers.

Raising security awareness was also stressed, with the experts calling for ongoing awareness programs. Another way to counter hackers, experts said, was information sharing and cooperation between organizations to identify and repulse security threats.

"If targeted companies such as Sony are more forthcoming with their advice and information on security breaches, and consumers become more proactive with how they manage their e-mail accounts, the threat of serious attacks should be lessened," reports.

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