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From emails to admin passwords leaks: rising vulnerability of media companies

Sophisticated cyber-attacks aimed at stealing confidential data and disabling IT systems are not just confined to banking, health care industry or government organizations, but media companies are too becoming targets.

Indeed, a string of attacks on intellectual property, private emails and entire systems shows that media houses can fall prey to cyber criminals as well if the security around the periphery is not up to the mark.

Recently HBO became the latest casualty. Just before airing an episode, hackers claimed to have stolen plot points of Game of Thrones. Not so long ago, Netflix and Sony Pictures saw their proprietary information being compromised as hackers were able to break into the servers.

Just like ransomware attacks where hackers demand a big ransom from targeted organizations to avoid their systems getting perpetually blocked, cyber crooks demand a multi-million dollar ransom from media houses to prevent the release of email details, entire TV shows, and administrative passwords.

Hackers dumping sensitive data and future shows is a grave threat for media houses nowadays as cyber criminals are getting increasingly canny.

We at ARCON believe that data in this digital age is like a ‘Holy Grail’ which is not only under threat from compromised insiders but also from external malefactors. Our recent survey findings revealed that protecting data, not surprising, is the topmost concern for global Information Security professionals.

And that’s why ARCON is at the forefront in the identity and access control domain as we try to address organization’s biggest nightmare- data breach. With our highly effective Privileged Access Management solution, organizations of all shapes and sizes can thwart unlawful access into their IT systems by constantly monitoring and protecting privileged accounts, which are essentially the access points to database servers and host of applications that contain sensitive information.


ARCON is a leading enterprise risk control solutions provider, specializing in risk-predictive technologies. ARCON | User Behavior Analytics enables to monitor end-user activities in real time. ARCON | Privileged Access Management reinforces access control and mitigates data breach threats. ARCON | Secure Compliance Management is a vulnerability assessment tool.

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