Organizations may collaborate with educational institutions in devising new online university degree courses offering specialization in privacy certifications and data security in order to avoid security issues such as information security professionals at Sony have discovered unauthorized access to customer databases of Sony Online Entertainment (SOE).
Preliminary investigations have revealed that attackers were successful in extracting around 12,700 records of non-U.S customers, which include credit or debit card numbers and card expiry dates. Attackers reportedly also extracted 10,700 records, which include bank account numbers of customers in Germany, Austria, Spain and Netherlands. Sony had recently reported unauthorized access to 77 million customer accounts caused by the breach of PlayStation network. The company has temporarily closed SOE game services and has hired an external security firm to conduct thorough investigation of the security breach.