This week on Cyber Frontiers Ashton, Christian, and Jim have the conversation everyone else has been – Sony! We talk about what the Sony breach means for the cybersecurity field, and how it compares and contrasts to breaches of the past. We have some great conversation around what constitutes “damage” in a cyber breach, how it impacts people short term and long term, and what technology and attitudes need to change to prevent the Sony incident from repeating itself elsewhere. Combined with Christian’s after-action poly-sci analysis, Ashton’s sentiment Analysis code, and Jim’s arsenal of questions for what this means for the average guy, we packed in a hour-filled holiday special that you won’t want to miss.

Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does.

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What makes a breach big?

Comparison to other breaches in qualitative and statistical terms


  • Articles written
  • Views per article, total views
  • Decrease in reputation (twitter sentiment over time?)
  • Economic impact: Revenue, Expenses, Stock price over time


  • Motivation
  • International, National, Local
  • Method of entry
  • Estimated “cost”

Timeline for the Sony Breach:

Costs associated with sony’s hacking scandal – Potential for $100 million in losses wouldn’t really affect sony’s $550 million profit margin:

Ashton’s article on how he used sentiment analysis on Sony/Staples Breaches:

Real Time Cyber Attack vectors


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