Security Breach at Japanese Game Developer Compromises Data Related to 1.3 million Customers

Recently, Sega Corporation, a Japanese Game developer suffered cyber-attack resulting in unauthorized access to customer information.
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Albuquerque, NM ( June 20, 2011 - Albuquerque, NM, United States - Game developers have been one of the major targets of cyber-attackers. Recently, Sega Corporation, a Japanese Game developer suffered cyber-attack resulting in unauthorized access to customer databases. Attackers were reportedly successful in extracting names, date of births, e-mail addresses, and encrypted passwords of online network members. The latest data breach affects around 1.3 million customers of the game developer. While preliminary investigations have not revealed any breach of financial information such as credit card information, Sega has disabled the website as a precautionary measure. Sega is the latest victim of the continuous tirade of cyber-attacks, which have affected other game makers and game sites such as Sony PSN, Nintendo, and Codemasters. The company has started notifying its customers.

One of the major consequences of security breach incidents is unauthorized access to databases and files containing privileged customer data, which cybercriminals may use for fraudulent purposes. Cyber-fraudsters use wide variety of attack tools to penetrate into networks and computer systems. As such, organizations must take adequate steps to ensure protection of data on all computer systems. Appropriate authentication mechanisms, and access controls are crucial to maintain confidentiality and integrity of information. Implementation of multi-factor authentication may help in preventing unauthorized access to user accounts. IT professionals may benefit from online IT courses, and keep themselves updated on latest threats, and evolving security mechanisms.

Proactive approach to network security is crucial to ward off potential security breaches, and information compromise. Regular assessment of security threats and upgrades to intrusion detection and prevention systems is crucial for improving defenses against vibrant security threat. Organizations must evaluate the security architecture and make necessary improvements in accordance with emerging threats. The security architecture should be capable of warding off both internal and external threats.

Employees must have access to only those resources, which they are entitled to use in the course of routine functions. Professionals qualified in master of security science and IT degree programs may aid in developing appropriate network security policies. A successful security breach may severely impact the functioning of the organizations. As such, organizations must have response teams consisting of skilled professionals to deal with security breach incidents. Lack of security awareness among employees may result in lapses resulting in unauthorized access or other forms of security breach. E-learning and online IT degree programs may help employees in understanding security threats and best practices.Well-informed employees will ensure adherence to data security procedures and practices.

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EC-Council is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cybersecurity and e-commerce skills. It is the owner and developer of 16 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/License Penetration Tester (LPT). Its certificate programs are offered in over 60 countries around the world.

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Tag Words: unauthorized access, game developer, security breach, data breach, sega, authentication mechanism, access controls, japan, sony psn, nintendo
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