Saved by BlackBerry?

by Volker Weber

While BlackBerry fans around the world rejoice, let's take a look at the original NYT reporting:

Sony shut down all computer systems shortly thereafter, including those in overseas offices, leaving the company in the digital dark ages: no voice mail, no corporate email, no production systems.

A handful of old BlackBerrys, located in a storage room in the Thalberg basement, were given to executives. Staff members began to trade text messages using hastily arranged phone trees.

What happened here is that Sony Picture's IT infrastructure was destroyed. BlackBerry was not the safe castle that survived. It was just old technology burried deep down in the basement and therefore survived the fire.

Sony's failure was insecure procedures. They would have lost their BlackBerry infrastructure just the same, if only it had still been running. Repeat after me: security is not a product you can buy. It's a discipline.

Comments

I've read in another source, that the BlackBerrys were connected to a different mail system. Maybe we see another "saviour" in addition.

Torben Volkmann, 2015-01-05

More likely, the reporter assumes messaging and email are the same thing.

Volker Weber, 2015-01-05

Further on your point about discipline, reading the NYT article:

"Sony’s already lean technical staff began working around the clock"

"the F.B.I. found that the hackers had used digital techniques to steal the credentials and passwords from a systems administrator who had maximum access to Sony’s computer systems"

--> Staff probably too lean to implement secure processes, no segregation of duties, ..., nada. Having the required discipline includes having the required organization, i.e. sufficient knowledgeable staff (perm or at least temp). Although it is not a product, security still has a price.

Tobias Hauser, 2015-01-05

This is again because of the quality of the BES Server.

BlackBerry's current challenge is to ensure that their Software Enterprise Business develops a specific image and go to market than the headset one. This is where they have to focus.

Antoine

Antoine Leboyer, 2015-01-05

Antoine, I am afraid it's not.

Volker Weber, 2015-01-05

Talking of BlackBerry: Does anybody know when OS 10.3 will be rolled out for older devices such as the Q10? I was under the impression that this was going to happen before the end of December but I haven't received any (official) updates yet.

Jochen Kattoll, 2015-01-06

OS 10.3 will be skipped by older devices such as Q10 an Z10. They are going to deliver OS 10.3.1 within the next weeks for this devices, depending on the approval of your mobile carrier, Jochen.

Ralph Hammann, 2015-01-06

Thank you, Ralph.

Jochen Kattoll, 2015-01-06

Recent comments

Sulayman Marena on A hot Apple autumn at 08:50
Samuel Orsenne on Ed Bott :: How to master Microsoft's free cloud storage at 15:08
Volker Weber on Ed Bott :: How to master Microsoft's free cloud storage at 12:08
Axel Koerv on Ed Bott :: How to master Microsoft's free cloud storage at 11:59
Volker Weber on Puzzling Surface Health Report at 10:59
Markus Dierker on Puzzling Surface Health Report at 09:51
Frank van Rijt on Ed Bott :: How to master Microsoft's free cloud storage at 08:29
Stephan H. Wissel on Puzzling Surface Health Report at 02:57
Volker Weber on A hot Apple autumn at 19:45
John Head on A hot Apple autumn at 19:21
Johannes Matzke on A hot Apple autumn at 16:28
Uwe Brahm on Microsoft Office 365 :: Dilettantischer Service at 15:41
Volker Weber on Microsoft Office 365 :: Dilettantischer Service at 15:25
Torben Volkmann on Microsoft Office 365 :: Dilettantischer Service at 15:13
Jens Nullmeyer on A hot Apple autumn at 15:09
Ingo Harpel on Microsoft Office 365 :: Dilettantischer Service at 14:46
Ragnar Schierholz on Microsoft Office 365 :: Dilettantischer Service at 13:50
Hubert Stettner on Microsoft Office 365 :: Dilettantischer Service at 10:02
Stefan Dorscht on Microsoft Office 365 :: Dilettantischer Service at 09:56
Heiko Voigt on Microsoft Office 365 :: Dilettantischer Service at 09:55
Moritz Dahlmann on Microsoft Office 365 :: Dilettantischer Service at 08:57
Volker Weber on Microsoft Office 365 :: Dilettantischer Service at 08:23
Jan Tietze on Microsoft Office 365 :: Dilettantischer Service at 00:32
Axel Koerv on Microsoft Office 365 :: Dilettantischer Service at 23:33
Roland Dressler on Dichtung und Wahrheit am Internetanschluss at 20:15

Ceci n'est pas un blog

I explain difficult concepts in simple ways. For free, and for money. Clue procurement and bullshit detection.

vowe

Contact
Publications
Stuff that works
Amazon Wish List
Frequently Asked Questions

rss feed  twitter  amazon

Local time is 09:43

visitors.gif

buy me coffee