Definition February 2024 - Web


SS-B: Our T9 and T7 Shield Portable SSDs are 16.6x and 9.5x faster than an external hard drive, respectively, and available in up to 4TB capacities. Our new T5 EVO range, which is 3.8x faster than an external hard drive, is available up to 8TB. Therefore, we are gearing our ranges to support 8K formats and upwards to support high-resolution video content. Def: Could you share some industry best practices for ensuring the highest level of security in file transfers? CL: Encryption, using secure file transfer protocols, keeping storage and transfer software up to date, and implementing strict permissions and access controls are all important to ensure media assets are secure both in transit and at rest. RW: Use storage solutions that feature 256-bit encryption – that protects data in flight and at rest. When transferring files, use systems that go through a private relay to avoid them going through the Wild West of the web. SP: Firstly, stringent authorisation of sender and receiver identities: with large teams often comprising freelance specialists, it’s essential to securely manage everyone’s permissions – especially when collaborating with VFX and facilities companies, who often take on responsibility for setting up and maintaining secure systems. Essential security measures include implementing two-factor authentication. Also, use individual user accounts and strictly avoid shared logins to ensure accountability and traceability. Another best practice is to encrypt data at rest, especially when stored in the cloud. This encryption safeguards your data against any unauthorised access. Additionally, consider watermarking and fingerprinting your material. These

techniques deter unauthorised use and help in tracking and proving ownership, which is crucial in protecting sensitive IP. Once user authorisation is robust, the focus should shift to the right workflow and tech to manage transfers securely. This means solutions that facilitate efficient file transfer while prioritising traceable security at every stage. Def: How can film production companies integrate sustainable practices into their file transfer workflows? RW: File transfers can be physical or electronic. Working out when to use each is important. When filming in numerous remote locations, using the cloud to upload media so that production offices elsewhere can easily and affordably get the data is both efficient and environmentally effective. Moving large amounts of data where time is not of the essence, then loading data onto a physical device (be it a disk or tape) can be more eco-friendly and administratively easier. The key is

putting a workflow in place among your team that is clearly defined, allows for contingencies and has a clear point of escalation should any problems or queries be encountered. CL: Production companies can promote sustainability through responsible use of hardware resources. Eliminating stacks of direct-attached hard drives in favour of a more organised, centralised approach can not only reduce the environmental impact, but also enhances efficiency through streamlined data access and management. Implementing automated processes for energy-efficient server utilisation can further contribute to a more sustainable file transfer workflow. SP: The industry is addressing its scope 3 emissions and obligations, a challenging but necessary endeavour. A huge step towards sustainability is minimising on-site hardware, thus reducing power consumption. But understanding the sustainability impact of third-party connectivity and cloud services is more complex, often involving indirect offsetting estimates. Logistics, too, are a critical factor. An essential best practice is to avoid unnecessary duplication of transfers and ensure accuracy from the start. Solutions that accurately monitor transfer speeds and confirm the safe receipt of data are crucial in this regard. Don’t overlook the environmental cost of storing multiple copies of files across

MINIMISING on-site hardware IS A HUGE STEP TO sustainability ”



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