FEED Issue 08


29 ROUND TABLE Content Security

UFOM: Now that we have your signed NDAs, may we introduce ourselves… We are UFOM, a private institution dedicated to the study of the UFO phenomenon, with one of the world’s largest archives of UFO-related material. It includes film and video going back over a century, some of which has never been seen by the public (we recently purchased what we believe is the first motion picture film of a UFO, shot by Thomas Edison from his back lawn in 1902). We have also been aggressively acquiring rights to UFO- related content from individuals and institutions around the world. UFOM has launched an OTT video platform, Channel 115. We want to fully control our content and the monetisation of it, so we have a few questions for you. Our first question: We have been digitising our film material in the DPX format. The resulting files are very large and currently stored on servers in our basement, mirrored on a server in another locked basement across town. What steps would you recommend we take to protect these archives from competitor organisations, content pirates and, of course, government operatives? ABDUL HAKIM, DPP: As an organisation you have to assess the risks to the content and take appropriate actions based on the level of risk you’re willing to accept for the business. You want to assess each asset and give it a value classification and treat it accordingly. For highly sensitive information and content, you want to put in controls that restrict access only to authorised and trusted personnel. You don’t want Joe Bloggs turning up at your office and having full access to the archives, able to log in without any credentials to browse the data. Having a system in place that is very granular in terms of prescribing specific individuals’ specific roles can reduce the likelihood of someone unauthorised entering the system. Typically these system also log access, so in case of a breach, you can identify the source of the breach by looking at the logs. It enables that investigation. There are other technical solutions you could employ. If something is extremely high value, very sensitive you may consider employing encryption at rest. On the particular server the content is stored on, the information is scrambled, and in order to access it you need a key to decrypt it. Even if someone wants to physically steal the servers, they would still need a key.

RICHARDBRANDON,EDGEWARE Richard Brandon is CMO of Edgeware, specialising in bringing the company’s technology solutions to market by providing company strategy, technology positioning, go-to-market models and marketing. He will oversee global marketing strategies and further develop Edgeware’s expertise in its mission to make TV amazing again. Prior to joining Edgeware, Brandon was vice president of worldwide marketing at Juniper Networks. Previous roles include CMO at Intune Networks, CMO at MLL Telecom and his role in product management of network services at British Telecom.

It’s great the content is being backed up in the basement in another location. So you’re providing some geographic resilience. Depending on funding available, you may wish to extend that resilience to a third site, adopting cloud-based solutions or securing a location in another country that you have some control over and renting space out in a data centre. NEIL SHARPE, FRIEND MTS: Protecting content on servers is essential, and there are many layers of security required, including physical security such as restricted access, as well as encrypting the content at rest so it cannot be readily accessed. UFOM: Via Channel 115, our subscribers can watch our own produced content (documentaries and lectures), and selections from our archive, as well as other third party UFO programming we have licensed. What are the best techniques and tools to prevent theft and unauthorised restreaming of our OTT content? RICHARD BRANDON, EDGEWARE: Watermarking content is the best way to protect it. Research suggests that even knowing that a programme stream is

ABDULHAKIM,DPP Abdul Hakim is the Programme Delivery Manager at the Digital Production Partnership. The DPP is a membership- based, not-for-profit company, founded by UK broadcasters ITV, BBC and Channel 4 and represents the interests of the whole media supply chain. Hakim looks after the DPP’s “Committed to Security” programme which establishes best practices around cybersecurity for media industry tech vendors. Previously he has worked as a Technology Manager for BBC World Service, delivering connectivity solutions for its international bureaus.


NEILSHARPE,FRIENDMTS Neil Sharpe is Director of Production Marketing for Friend MTS. He has deep experience across the broadcast and digital media industry, spanning both live production and video delivery. He has contributed to the success of start-ups and major video technology businesses. Sharpe has had a long career in the broadcast tech sector, with key marketing positions at Phabrix, V-Nova, and Grass Valley.

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