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Play it safe Data captured and processed in film and TV is unique because there is usually only one chance to collect and store a record of ‘that’ moment. This means considering security seriously. Nigel Thorpe, technical director at data security specialist SecureAge, explains how rushes and the finished footage are exposed to loss and theft. “The Sony attack in 2014 started with malware – unauthorised and malicious code opened a ‘back door’ to its network without anyone noticing,” he says. “Criminals copied data from the network, then deleted the original Sony data.” Although to err is human, employees have been known to steal data. “Two things help here,” he says. “The first is data encryption, which is set up so even an employee can’t send unencrypted data out of the network. The second is data loss prevention (DLP). If it spots something which shouldn’t be shared externally, the transfer is blocked.” However, moving data to the cloud doesn’t mean the threat of attack goes away, as the cloud provider's network – as well as your account – can be targeted. Encryption works, but Thorpe offers a word of caution. “Don’t be lulled into a sense of security because a provider assures you that your data is encrypted ‘at rest’,” he says. “These technologies do indeed encrypt data when it’s stored on the physical device, which is protected, but only when the drive is powered off. When in use, the drive needs to be unlocked – then it will give decrypted data to anyone that asks. Filesystem-level encryption keeps data secure no matter where it is stored, and remains encrypted even when in use.” Furthermore, Thorpe argues if cloud data storage becomes a cost-effective reality, local data processing will still be required. “You’ll effectively be copying film clips down to a local system for editing,” he adds. “While on the local machine, filesystem- level encryption should be used.”


Samsung’s Portable SSD T7 Shield is a credit-card-sized, rugged SSD that weighs in at just 98g and measures 13x88x59mm. Third in the family behind the Portable SSD T7 and the T7 Touch, this drive performs fast read speeds of up to 1050MB/s and write speeds of up to 1000MB/s. Described as Samsung’s most durable SSD to date, the drive’s full-metal aluminium body is covered with rubber to protect it from accidental damage in challenging environmental conditions, making it conducive to on-the-move documentary making. Moreover, it has an IP65 rating and can withstand falls

of up to 3m. Samsung has also optimised the inside and outside of the drive, by changing the surface material and improving the software to solve performance degradation and overheating that occur when transferring large files. The Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield can work across multiple devices and store large numbers of pictures, games and 4K or 8K videos – whether on a PC, Mac or Android. Available in beige, black and blue, the drive comes in 1TB and 2TB capacities and has a USB Type C to C cable and USB Type C to A cable included.

TOUGH NUT The Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield has no moving parts, making it a rugged unit

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