Magazine article Information Management

HBO Hack Highlights the Need for Encryption and Data Governance

Magazine article Information Management

HBO Hack Highlights the Need for Encryption and Data Governance

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The widely reported August hacking of HBO's systems resulted in 1.5 terabytes of data stolen, including unaired episodes of some of its programs. The CEO of AlertSec has told EsecurityPlanet.com the incident serves as a reminder that hacking isn't limited to financial, health, and personal information.

"All information is vulnerable because some hackers are motivated by the thrill of it," Ebba Blitz said. "They steal because they can, not because the information always has any real long-term value. All data needs to be protected with encryption."

Jason Hart, CTO of Gemalto, told the online site that broadcasters 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 wrote in an e-mail message to EsecurityPlanet. …

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