4 Things ‘Rogue One’ Teaches Us About Cyber Security

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4 Things ‘Rogue One’ Teaches Us About Cyber Security
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which opens in theaters this weekend, shows how the Rebel Alliance steals architectural plans for the Death Star in order to eventually destroy it.

According to a cyber security expert, there are real-life lessons to learn from Empire’s downfall.

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Hsinchun Chen, professor of management information systems at the University of Arizona, has spent 27 years researching cyber security and leads a project called “Hacker Web” to explore international hacker communities, including those in Russia, China, and the United States.

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Chen says the theft of architectural plans isn’t just the stuff of fiction and, in fact, “probably the most obvious case for why countries hack each other is intellectual property, or IP. Deliberately stealing information about your drawings or your engineering designs or your scientific instruments, that’s all intellectual property.”

In government, he adds, this kind of theft is virtually inevitable.

“There are only two types of organizations: Those who have lost their data and know it