The concept of cyber bodyguards may seem far-fetched, but it’s something that corporate America already has adopted. CEO’s, business owners, and companies working through mergers, acquisitions, and IPO’s routinely use.
This is one area where Hollywood has lagged behind. Celebrities spend big money on bodyguards and home security systems but have to date overlooked the security of their personal devices and accounts. In the last few years, a string of hacks have revealed photos of Heather Morris, Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johansson, and even the script of Tom Cruise’s musical, Rock of Ages. These are just a few of the reports that have been in the news. Hackers and superstar stalkers are after anything of value from celebrity Facebook and Twitter accounts to prerelease blockbuster scripts and unreleased films.
Why hasn’t Hollywood adopted stronger cyber security? I think that part of the problem has to do with the mistaken attitude of thinking, why would anyone target me, what do I have of value? The answer is that revealing photos can be sold, prerelease movies can be pirated, voicemails and sensitive emails can be released.
Hollywood celebrities should consider hiring cyber security experts to review their accounts, security settings, and digital assets. These specialists would be used the same way a trainer is used to get in shape for new movie. Hollywood has to take a tougher stance on security just as the rest of the country has. The alternative for these well known individuals is to hope that they don’t get hacked and if they do, they must be prepared to deal with the fall out which will be more costly than just simply hiring a cyber security bodyguard upfront.