eSecurity Planet – HBO Hack Highlights Importance of Encryption, Data Governance

esp_logo1.5 TB of data, including unreleased episodes of upcoming shows, was stolen and leaked online.

Gemalto CTO of data protection Jason Hart said by email that broadcasters in particular face a unique threat. “Due to the nature of the industry, hackers have the opportunity to access data as it is transmitted between multiple data centers, and so they require solutions to help encrypt their high value TV transmissions — without interfering with the audience’s viewing experience,” he said.

“HBO now joins a list of other Hollywood victims of crime such as Netflix and Sony,” Hart added. “This incident is another reminder that broadcasters must invest in fundamental security controls and practices — encryption, key management and two-factor authentication — to control access to highly sought-after content and protect it in the event that a breach takes place.”

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