The summer blockbuster season has begun with movies such as Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.’s Spider-Man: Homecoming set to launch. Summer is no longer re-run land for television with shows such as Home Box Office Inc.’s Game of Thrones beginning its next season soon. However, if the movie and television industries aren’t careful about their data security, hackers and other cybercriminals might pirate these prizes or try to hold them hostage.
Hackers have a proven track record of going after major media outlets to steal unreleased copies of popular movies and television shows. Earlier this year, hackers stole unreleased copies of Netflix Inc.’s prison drama Orange is the New Black and demanded ransom in exchange for not releasing bootlegged copies.
Lax data security controls at third-party vendors, which have a major role in the entertainment industry, may be the weak link. The entertainment industry can have many different company partners with various levels of control over sensitive and high valuable content, John Ackerly, CEO and co-founder of data security company Virtru Corp in Washington, told Bloomberg BNA. Television shows and movies generally go through multiple layers of “third-party vendors and production companies” that each have varying levels of data security protections, he said.
Third-party vendor data security is definitely hot topic. The Republican National Committee recently saw the impact of using third-party vendors with security apparently not up to par. The personal information of 198 million voters was compromised in a hacking breach of a data analytics company used by the RNC.
A lesson for all companies, even those not in the entertainment industry, is to adopt encryption controls that would secure the “data at the time of creation all the way through consumption and beyond,” Ackerly said. By having this system in place, original creators of content and companies would have an audit trail of their “highly sensitive data, such as movie scripts and the finished products,” he said.
Beyond encryption protocols, companies should also employ watermarking procedures, limit printing capabilities, and limit access to more highly sensitive data, Ackerly said. Although a page or two of a script may be leaked from time to time, employing better data security protocols, encryption mechanisms, and audit procedures will go a long way in stopping hackers from stealing highly-valuable media content, he said.
To keep up with the constantly evolving world of privacy and security sign up for the Bloomberg BNA Privacy and Security Update.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)