From Knowledge@Wharton: The cyber­at­tacks on Sony Pictures in response to a movie that depicts a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un should serve as a wake-up call in the digital age for compa­nies that have hith­erto been lax on infor­ma­tion secu­rity.

That is the major take­away for compa­nies who are watching this train wreck and breathing a sigh of relief that it wasn’t them,” according to Andrea Matwyshyn, a law professor at Princeton Univer­sity. The hacking has been a “public rela­tions night­mare,” for Sony, adds Wharton marketing professor Pinar Yildirim, as leaks of internal commu­ni­ca­tions have frac­tured rela­tion­ships and cast major Holly­wood players in an unflat­tering light. · Go to The Sony hack: A ‘ques­tion of when’ for other compa­nies →