This is a good thing. In the past, a company would get breached, and it would have a minimal impact after paying for a PR campaign, definitely forgotten after six months.
However, the Sony hack with E-mails leaked which got celebs mad and data destroyed is different. Before that, a company got hacked... but their data was still there, so a lot of managers just brushed it off. However, if an intrusion means that the entire company is unable to do business and likely will fail in days to weeks , security goes from something in the backseat that is perceived as having no ROI, to a major concern.
This is a good thing. We have had solid security concepts since the 1970s, and most enterprise applications and devices can be well locked down. It is just using the functionality involved and making it work for that company/organization's culture.
It also might get vendors focused on security, perhaps being able to standardize on things. For example, it would be nice to have a style of USB cryptographic token that works with anything, be it an AIX machine or a Windows box.
Which means more money for those who can keep pace with security.
: There are a lot of businesses who decided to follow the hype and drop tape, and instead, go with tiers of SANs for backups. Backing up to SANs does provide decent protection against hardware faults.
However, all data accessible comes at a cost. A bad guy can log onto the SAN's backend and purge all data with just a single command. Once this is done, the data is gone, and because there are no backup tapes... there is no recovery possible. Even with SANs that replicate to different physical locations, the deletion will be replicated. Even more insidious is tampering over time where someone logs on a SAN, and just starts overwriting stored data that nobody ever accesses.
It makes me wonder if tape will go from being laughed at as "retro" to being a primary medium for storage again. A pile of tapes stored offline will require physical access to destroy, as opposed to zeroing out everything with just one button. Even cloud "media" is easily destroyed if a blackhat gets enough access.