Game of Thrones has been plagued by a large number of incidents of theft of its data by hackers costing it millions of dollars in revenue. With such huge investment and valuable intellectual property I am surprised that those behind Game of Thrones fail to employ simple security strategies.
The present obsession is to host data on third-party servers in the cloud, trusting those service providers will have strong integrity and security. In addition, everyone wants all things connected 24/7 and they transfer data electronically down communication channels that everyone uses and can listen in on.
Russia has woken up to the reality that one good way to avoid theft of data is the use of typewriters. The paper method means, that as longs it is stored away from fire, vermin and water, it is harder to steal and cannot be destroyed by electronic failure, malicious encryption or deletion. Part of my own record keeping is paper-based.
I have valuable intellectual property and data. Processes such as my accounting is done on systems I have coded. It might be cheap and easy for hosting data on a cloud server, but control over that data is then lost, and anyone can potentially access it regardless of security. I never use cloud servers.
A lot of the data of Game of Thrones could have been stored on computers with no internet access, which means I would have to have physical access to those computers to steal it. It makes sense to have two computers or servers, one that never has access to the internet, so nobody can go steal, encrypt or use any exploit from a remote location to get at that valuable data. Unfortunately there is always a way to get at data which is connected to the internet regardless of security.
Another issue the Game of Thrones people had been when data was communicated electronically to its many partners, that a third-party could intercept the data and then publish it, including entire episodes of the series. With an episode so valuable as those in Game of Thrones, it is worth using a courier to transport the data from an US location to one in India, this way no data can be intercepted electronically.
Unfortunately society is fixated on paradigms where data must be stored electronically on the cloud, with access 24/7 and communicated electronically. However, pen-paper; disconnection from the internet; moving data by courier; hosting data on own computers and servers is a valuable set of strategies that will make it harder to have that data stolen, misused or lost.