For the media and entertainment business, there’s a lot more than ratings to worry about these days. Cybersecurity has become a major issue, with hackers stealing unreleased movies and entire seasons of hit shows. Motives range from ransom to bragging rights to intervention by nation-states.
Whatever the reason, anyone creating or distributing content has a potential disaster on their hands. Ransomware exploits, destruction of servers and the theft of terabytes of data are all part of the pandemic cybersecurity crisis that challenges any organization reliant upon terrestrial networks to store and transport data.
That’s just about everyone – for now. This is about to change, but to lay the groundwork for that change, it’s important to understand some of the primary forces influencing today’s data storage strategy.
Too many fronts
IDC estimates that organizations worldwide will spend $101 billion on cybersecurity by 2020. Yet the data breaches keep coming. The switch from perimeter to endpoint network security has not happened quickly enough, and it alone is insufficient to meet today’s advanced threats.
A major culprit of online instability is the largely unregulated Internet of Things. The Federal Trade Commission’s recently sued a router manufacturer for alleged false security claims. This suit hints at the severity of the threats that can be caused by insecure internet-connected devices. 2016's massive Mirai botnet attack, which took most of the U.S. offline for a day, is a prime example.
Global information services group, Experian, noted several trends in its most recent Data Breach Industry Forecast that would dominate 2017. One of them will be international data breaches that will cause significant problems for multinational companies, particularly in light of a European Union (EU) regulation about to take effect (see the GDPR, below).
A second trend the firm identified is that government-sponsored cyber attacks will escalate from espionage to proactive cyber war. One movie studio may have fallen victim to this type of attack in 2014 when it was hacked on the eve of releasing a film that portrayed one nation’s totalitarian leader unfavorably. This could be the shape of things to come for companies which create or distribute content other foreign governments may find offensive.
Around the world, governing bodies are seeking to safeguard data from cybercriminals. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an example of these increased security measures and legislation. It requires greater oversight of where and how sensitive data—such as personal, banking, health and credit card information—is stored and transferred. The regulation applies to all organizations processing the personal data of people residing in the EU, regardless of the company’s location.
The GDPR is great for EU citizens but a huge burden for companies. There are only two solutions to the dilemma of GDPR compliance. The majority of affected organizations will scramble to erect infrastructure and processes and deploy personnel to make sure they meet the stringent requirements. The other option is to remove the relevant data altogether from the GDPR’s jurisdiction. Which means taking it 'offworld'.
Today’s space race
Our planet is not the only place data can be stored. There are already satellites ringing the Earth that regularly receive and transmit information; why not develop a system for secure, internet-free data storage and transmission? A space-based cloud storage network would provide government and private organizations with an independent cloud infrastructure platform, completely isolating and protecting sensitive data from the outside world.
And that is exactly what’s happened. New technologies have been conceived to offer this kind of independent space-based network infrastructure for cloud service providers, enterprises, and governments to experience secure storage and provisioning of sensitive data around the world. By placing data on satellites that are accessible from anywhere on Earth via ultra-secure dedicated terminals, many of today’s data transport challenges will be solved.
Companies will not be restricted by the GDPR and other territory-based regulations. A satellite storage solution also removes today’s most pressing security concerns, since data will never pass through the internet or along its leaky and notoriously insecure lines. In-transit espionage, theft, and surveillance become impossible.
Change is in the air
Organizations are busy erecting firewalls and installing intrusion detection solutions precisely because the internet is hopelessly insecure. Everyone has resigned themselves to operating this way because until recently, there has been no alternative. But satellite-based storage and transmission of data is now an option, bypassing the internet altogether for greater safety of media and entertainment content. Concerns over data breaches, theft and ransoms will no longer be an issue. Space-based data storage provides peace of mind in a hacker-dominated world.