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Lesson: Studio Executives Insulting Angelina Jolie Should Use Virtru

December 11, 2014

If you’re a studio executive, and you want to call Angelina Jolie a “minimally talented brat”, you should have used Virtru.

In today’s news, the never-ending Sony hack gets really embarrassing for a studio executive, a producer, a few directors, Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, Larry Ellison’s daughter, and a few others. Here’s a quote:

“I’m not destroying my career over a minimally talented spoiled brat who thought nothing of shoving this off her plate for eighteen months so she could go direct a movie.”

Do you know who wrote this? Scott Rudin, the producer of “Jobs” did.

A few things are clear if you have read the emails:

    • Studio executives and producers exchange frank emails full of ego and expletives.
    • Studio executives haven’t yet learned that some things are best left unwritten.
    • None of these executives have discovered the ease and career-preserving utility of Virtru.

This makes it easy for hackers to gain immediate access all the embarrassing emails that can ruin careers in a Hollywood minute. Do you think anyone is going to want to work with a studio that can’t be trusted to protect something as simple as email? A-list stars aren’t going to go out of their way to work for a studio that sends emails calling them brats.

For a company like Sony, hackers can leak financial information, security procedures, strategy documents, but none of those is as fundamentally damaging as leaking sensitive interpersonal communications. These emails violate the confidence of trusted partners, they uncover internal machinations that need to be secret, and they make it impossible for anyone to trust a business. As a business owner I’d almost prefer someone to leak my bank statements over the private, uncensored emails I send.

Email encryption isn’t just for people who send messages about billion dollar movies. Most of us deal with sensitive content — legal docs, HR information, financial data. We need to be able to communicate frankly – if you don’t use Virtru, if you don’t protect and control your messages, eventually you’ll have to explain the content of your emails to someone.

Studio executives and producers have a penchant for drama, and this stuff makes for interesting reading. Everyone paying attention who sends similar emails should take some simple steps today to protect themselves from email leaks.

Install Virtru. It’s easy, it only takes a minute and it works with virtually every email service. If you write an email that you wouldn’t want read aloud on the evening news:

      • Encrypt it with Virtru, and
      • Limit forwarding.

In summary, Sony should’ve used Virtru. It’s practical email encryption — and it can keep you out of hot water.

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