With the New Year and events in the news, all business leaders should be most concerned about cyber-security. With State-sponsored terror attacks new on the horizon, imagine our surprise to find that Sony was not the first. An article in December 15th’s Businessweek magazine titled, “Now at the Sands Casino: An Iranian Hacker in Every Server”. Shockingly, a little publicized precursor to the Sony attack occurred on Feb 10th, 2014 at the Sands Corporation. Read all about it at http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-12-11/iranian-hackers-hit-sheldon-adelsons-sands-casino-in-las-vegas
The minute the hack attack started, the Sands IT department drastically severed all ties to the Internet and turned off all computers using Windows Active Directory. Luckily, “ Sands was able to keep many core operations, the hackers weren’t able to access an IBM mainframe that’s key to running certain parts of the business. Hotel guests could still swipe keycards to get into their rooms. Elevators ran. Gamblers could still drop coins into slot machines or place bets at blackjack tables.” (Businessweek magazine, December 15, Page 64)
The common denominator in the Sony and Sands attacks is the Windows server platform. When looking for a school management system that you know will be secure, STARS stands alone. STARS is the only enterprise grade solution built on the IBMi platform on the market. All our competitors use the same Windows server platform that is consistently compromised. All STARS clients should sleep soundly knowing that their core business operations and data are safe…even from hackers.