Prevent a Data Breach | Game of Thrones Edition

Game of Thrones data breach

Prevent a Data Breach | Game of Thrones Edition

By Jason Lee | August 29, 2017

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? If you haven’t seen the Season 7 finale, then stop reading here! You can learn more about security vulnerabilities and what you can do to prevent data breaches in this blog.

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Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about how the Night King used a zombie ice dragon to obliterate the Wall! Other than when Daenerys incinerated the entire Lannister army, this had to have been the most epic and simultaneously terrifying event that Westeros has ever encountered.

Given that the Wall is no more, we can’t wait to see how our beloved characters are going to deal with the Night King and his massive undead army. Season 8 can’t come soon enough!

The Great War Has Begun

The Wall isn’t the only thing to come crumbling down recently either. In a true Game of Thrones-style turn of events (we’re looking at you, Littlefinger), a group of hackers infiltrated the internal servers at HBO and breached their firewall. Not only did they get away with over 1.5TB of data, they demanded a multi-million dollar ransom to prevent the further release of TV shows, company emails, and sensitive information.

However, seemingly inspired by George R. R. Martin’s flair for suspense and drama, they released over 3.4GB of PII, which reportedly included admin passwords, contact information for HBO’s top talents, and legal claims. They even revealed the climax of the season finale before the episode dropped.

For HBO, winter has come.

The Night is Dark and Full of Terrors

Although the hackers demanded an exorbitant ransom, money didn’t seem to be the motivating factor for their actions. In fact, they seemed to revel in the spotlight as much as Euron Greyjoy, gloating in their ability to bring down the cable giant.

Similar to the Sony Pictures hack that occurred in 2014, the hack could be an elicited response for HBO taking a strong stance against piracy. Given the amount of media attention and frenzy that Game of Thrones evokes amongst its fans, it was inevitable for unsubscribed viewers to access illegal streams across the web. Consequently, HBO placed strict regulations across their content and penalized those who were caught broadcasting their shows illegally.

But what happens to organizations when their security is breached?

What Westeros Can Tell Us About Data Breaches

Many organizations set up security parameters that aren’t capable of fully protecting them from malware attacks, data breaches, and hordes of undead wights. Had HBO better protected their realm, they could have not only secured their talents’ PII, but could have also kept the intricate plotline under wraps until the official reveal.

If you take a closer look at the numbers behind data breaches, it becomes apparent that up to 50% of organizations that use SharePoint have experienced at least one confirmed data breach within the last two years. What’s more, 22% of organizations have claimed that they lack the visibility to even assess if their sensitive information has been exposed.

Keeping these statistics in mind, it’s important to set up a security plan that thoroughly protects your content and fills the gaps that make data breaches all too common. In fact, it’s kind of like erecting a giant wall of ice to protect you and having it properly manned (sorry, Tormund).

Metalogix is the Shield that Guards the Realm of Content

In light of the breaches that have left HBO open and vulnerable to this unfolding drama, protecting your organization won’t require building a literal ice wall. In fact, it’s a lot easier—simply download Metalogix Expert!

Metalogix Expert is a free tool that measures your SharePoint security infrastructure against best practices and assesses vulnerabilities, risks, and gaps so you can ensure that your environment is safe from data breaches, insider threats, and giant undead dragons.

Don’t let winter come for you. Get the insight you need to optimize your security infrastructure with Metalogix Expert and bring an endless summer to your collaboration environment.

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Jason Lee

Jason Lee is a Product Marketing Manager at Metalogix and is passionate about facilitating engaging experiences. With his background in SEO and digital marketing, he strategizes innovative ways to drive impactful marketing campaigns and deliver powerful results on SERPs.

Written By: Jason Lee