Even the largest game development studios are not spared from cyber attacks as Ubisoft was recently hacked.
Why are game development studios often the targets of attacks?
Sensitive data – Companies that create online games have access to sensitive personal data from players, including payment details that support in game purchases.
Intellectual Property / Cheating – A Leaked Code Base allows players to create cheats giving them an unfair advantage over other players, allowing them to even reap financial rewards from their advantage. The consequences can be severe as the game loses credibility and a large number of players will stop playing, draining the financial resources of the company.
Taking up arms against the hackers
It is clear that game studios must take measures to prevent such scenarios! The best approach is by implementing a Secure Software Development Lifecycle (SSDLC) allowing the company to shift-left by implementing security controls in all phases of the development process.