Sony Executive: PSN Hack Was a Great Learning Experience

'A determined hacker will get you; the question is how you build your life so you're able to cope with those things.'

Sony's president of network entertainment must look at the world through rose-colored glasses because he describes the hacking that took down the PlayStation Network as "a great learning experience."

Speaking at the GamesBeat 2011 conference in San Francisco, Tim Schaaff was asked to comment on the hacking -- which exposed personal details of more than 77 million PlayStation Network accounts, spurned a federal lawsuit, and cost the company $171 million, among other things.

When asked what lessons Sony learned from the hack, Schaaff said: "A determined hacker will get you; the question is how you build your life so you're able to cope with those things."

Schaaff added: "I would not like to do it again. One time was enough. Great learning experience."

Maybe Schaaff was being cheeky. Or maybe he really did have something akin to a religious experience as his company was torn to shreds. Either way, it's fascinating to see that even though LulzSec has called it quits, the collateral damage goes beyond Sony's security and into the human psyche.

If Sony learned so many valuable lessons from one of the worst data breaches ever, what's holding another group back from doing it all over again?

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