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HP: Cost of Cyber Crime Escalates

October 27, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

The average cost of cyber crime for American organizations is up nearly 100% year over year to $12.7 million, according to a recent study by HP Enterprise Security and the Ponemon Institute.

The findings of HP’s annual “Cost of Cyber Crime” study also found that the time it takes to resolve a cyber attack has grown by 33% since 2013, with the average cost incurred to resolve a single attack costing than $1.6 million.

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Atkinson to Keynote Content Protection Summit Europe

October 27, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

Richard Atkinson, chairman of the Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA) and global director of piracy conversion for Adobe, will be the keynote speaker at this week’s Content Protection Summit: Europe, a first-time collaborative event between the CDSA and the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance: Europe.

The event — supported by media partner Cue Entertainment — will be held Oct. 29 at The Mayfair Hotel in London, and will feature senior-level discussions about the state of content security in the media and entertainment industries

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The Impact of Illegally Recorded Theatrical Titles

October 20, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

We hear all the time that BitTorrent downloads of films still in theaters — illegally filmed and uploaded — are the bane of the studios’ existence, and a major contributor to lost box office revenue.

However, the link between illegal downloads and lost ticket sales may be overstated, according to Apas Laboratory, an independent research firm out of Montreal. Read more

WebLife Balance: Lowering Liability is Key

October 20, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

It’s just a fact: Employees are going to use their work computers for personal use.

Making sure that personal use — whether it be with Facebook or checking your bracket during March Madness — doesn’t come back to hurt the employer (piracy, malware, cyber threats and the like) is where WebLife Balance comes in.

The Woodland Hills, Calif.-based company was born out of the need to balance the needs of employees and employers, keeping both parties satisfied in a world where the work day rarely runs 9-5.

David Melnick, CEO of WebLife Balance, took the time to chat with the Content Delivery & Security Association and the Hollywood IT Society about the past, present and future of his company.

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Civolution: Four Ways to Fight Premium Sports Piracy (CDSA)

October 13, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

Pay TV providers are spending more than ever on the rights to broadcast major national and international sports. They’re also facing more piracy threats than ever to that content, especially as pay TV operators increasingly offer sports via OTT and TV Everywhere services.

Pascal Marie, senior director of sales channels and partners at Civolution, recently shared several ways pay TV operators can mitigate the threat of piracy for sports programming:

1. Assess the level of illicit re-streaming in high-quality HD

According to Viaccess-Orca, the live rebroadcast threat doubles every six months as viewers choose to watch live sports on cheap illegal rebroadcast websites, which can offer high quality content in HD. A growing portion of sports audiences watch and share content over peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies, in which case there is no way to send any take-down notice. The illicit streams are increasingly high-quality (HD) video with a nice user experience.

The Role of Search Engines in Piracy (CDSA)

October 1, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

It turns out search engines just might play a role in whether consumers choose to steal content or buy it.

That’s according to a new study out of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, which sought to find out whether search results actually do influence consumers’ choices for piracy when legal consumption channels are readily available.

CMU researchers figured there was only one way to find out whether search engine results influence piracy choices: design a customized search engine that allowed them to manipulate pirated and legal links in search results; use the engine to conduct separate experiments on college-aged and general users; and randomly assign users to a control condition or to conditions where infringing sites or legal sites were artificially promoted in search results.  Read more

Gartner: Worldwide Information Security Spending at All-Time High (CDSA)

August 27, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Considering all the recent, high-profile cyber security breaches, it’s a scary time for governments, businesses and consumers. But these constant security threats also mean big business for those working to protect information.

A new report from research firm Gartner has worldwide information security spending hitting $71.1 billion by the end of 2014, an 8% year-over-year increase, with the data loss prevention segment seeing the largest annual growth (19%). And with the increasing use of mobile, cloud and social services necessitating more security feature, Gartner doesn’t see the cyber security business slowing down: in 2015, nearly $77 billion will be spent to secure content and information.

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Black Hat: Lessons For Hollywood

August 6, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Bryan Ellenburg

Just a few hours into the Black Hat USA 2014 Conference, one thing is clear:  The systems used to capture, store, transform, distribute, and archive Media Entertainment Content (Features & Television) are under constant siege.  Corporate data, networks, and websites are also constantly being probed for vulnerabilities and backdoors into systems holding valuable Intellectual Property and Confidential Information.  Simple social engineering exercises can lead to the introduction of malware, opening the gateway for criminals and hackers entree into these systems.  Conferences include security panels on “Data Protection at Massive Scale”, “Building a Continuous Security Program for Your Global Perimeter”, “Mobile Device Mismanagement”, and “The State of Incident Response”.  The Black Hat USA 2014 event is held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, from August 6th to August 7th.  Details on the event can be found at www.blackhat.com.

Lionsgate Works to Plug ‘Expendables 3’ Leaks (CDSA)

August 6, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

On July 31 Lionsgate filed a lawsuit against those responsible for allegedly leaking “The Expendables 3” weeks ahead of the film’s Aug. 15 theatrical release. That appears to be just the beginning of the studio’s pushback against those helping share the film online.

Lionsgate has reportedly tasked several online anti-piracy tracking firms (including Thomas Reuters’ MarkMonitor, the U.K.’s Entura International, and Los Angeles’ IP Echelon) with sending out thousands of takedown notices to Web sites associated with pirated copies of the film.

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Google Glass Causing Entertainment Industry Concerns (CDSA)

July 30, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Comic-Con has become the go-to event for studios to debut footage for their next summer blockbuster, those multi-million dollar films that rule the box office and home entertainment. And a recording of exclusive footage shared at the event can have a serious impact on how studios market the content.

So it’s no surprise that this year’s event in San Diego saw a new restriction for Comic-Con attendees: zero tolerance for Google Glass, the wearable eyewear technology that can take pictures, access real-time, Web-enabled information, and (most worrisome for content owners) record video in 720p, all using simple voice commands.

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Condé Nast, Avalon Consulting Headline MarkLogic Metadata Webinar (MESA)

July 30, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Garrett Randall

In the media and entertainment space, metadata has become an increasingly crucial component when it comes to monetizing digital assets.

How studios and other media and entertainment companies are streamlining their businesses with metadata solutions will be the topic of discussion July 30, when San Carlos, Calif.-based NoSQL database company MarkLogic hosts a unique Webinar: “Metadata is the New Gold.”

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SMU Partners with Krimmeni for Cyber Security Research (CDSA)

July 23, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Bryan Ellenburg

Cloud-enabled cyber security software company Krimmeni Technologies has been tapped by Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, to help research cyber security issues prevalent in connected devices.

SMU’s Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security in the Lyle School of Engineering will work with Krimmeni to look at addressing cyber security problems when it comes to hardware security modules (computing devices meant to safeguard and manage digital keys for authentication).

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Civolution Set for IBC (CDSA)

July 23, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Garrett Randall

Civolution is set to share its latest Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) and content protection solutions Sept. 11-16 at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam.

Highlights for Civolution at the show include the latest news on the company’s SyncNow ACR technology and new functionality for its NexGuard Streaming suite of content protection solutions.

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New Looks at Hollywood’s Piracy Problem (CDSA)

July 16, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Bryan Ellenburg

The assumption about piracy has long been that once a new theatrical release hits the file sharing sites, the box office take for that film will be significantly impacted.

But that just may not be the case, according to economist Koleman Strumpf, a professor with the University of Kansas School of Business, who conducted one of the most extensive piracy studies to date.

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Google Creates Anti-Hacker Team (CDSA)

July 16, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Garrett Randall

Beating cyber security threats requires people who know how cyber criminals work.

That appears to be the thrust behind Google’s “Project Zero,” a new, full-time team of experts dedicated to fighting hackers and consumer cyber threats.

“Our objective is to significantly reduce the number of people harmed by targeted attacks,” Google security engineer and project lead Chris Evans wrote in a blog post. “We’re hiring the best practically-minded security researchers and contributing 100% of their time toward improving security across the Internet.”

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ISE To Hold Hacker Competition for Wireless Routers (CDSA)

June 25, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Bryan Ellenburg

Normally, technology vulnerability testing company Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) is working to prevent cyber attacks, but this time around they want hackers to do their thing.

ISE and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Aug. 7-10 will hold a hacking competition during the annual DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas, with hackers encouraged to do everything they can to expose security vulnerabilities in wireless routers.

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ISE: Latest OpenSSL Flaws Not as Worrisome as Heartbleed (CDSA)

June 18, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Just a few months after the discovery of the Heartbleed bug — a long-undetected security hole in the open-source OpenSSL encryption technology — even more problems have been discovered with the encryption protocol, which is widely used by online businesses.

Technology vulnerability testing company Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) has pinpointed what it believes to be the most distressing SSL flaw to be uncovered of late: OpenSSL’s ChangeCipherSpec (CCS) Injection vulnerability (technically: CVE-2014-0224).

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Following IPO Bid, China Streaming Site, MPAA Reach Terms (CDSA)

June 4, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Garrett Randall

Just over a week after applying for a second IPO here in the U.S., China’s Xunlei video and music peer-to-peer site has agreed to a content protection agreement with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), in an effort to promote legitimate TV and film content via the service.

The Google-funded Xunlei — which is the 12th largest Internet company in China based on monthly users — attempted an IPO in 2011, but withdrew following piracy concerns, and had already been sued in 2008 by the international arm of the MPAA, the Motion Picture Association, before withdrawing the suit.

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Study: 94% Who View Pirated Content Also Purchase (CDSA)

May 28, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Bryan Ellenburg

An estimated 94% of all American consumers viewing pirated movies are also buying legitimate copies of content, according to a new study from Verance Corp.

The survey identified six categories of consumers who pirate movies, and found two of them — “Occasionals” and “Convenience Streamers” — combined for more than a third of the estimated 1 billion views of pirated movies each year. They steal not because they can’t afford legitimate copies, but because it’s convenient, the study found, and they’ll buy something if no technological or availability barriers exist. Read more

CDSA Releases Annual Content Protection Standard Update (CDSA)

May 21, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Garrett Randall

The Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA) has released the annual update to its Content Protection Standard (CPS), offering enhancements meant to keep up with evolving digital supply chain security.

The CPS includes an updated mapping section (including a detailed comparison with the Motion Picture Association of America’s Best Practices, ISO 27001/2 and 31000) plus the new inclusion of Walt Disney Studios’ own standard).

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