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HITS Panel Talks Sony Hack, Cyber Security (CDSA)

May 18, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

CENTURY CITY, Calif. — When Sony Pictures was hit with one of the worst cyber attacks in Hollywood history in late November, hackers stole mountains of employee data, leaked high-quality versions of five Sony Pictures films and threatening violence if the studio allowed the comedy “The Interview” to be released as scheduled Christmas Day.

It also put the rest of the industry on notice, and had them asking the question: could it happen to us too? Speaking May 14 at the Hollywood IT Summit, panelists said that the Sony hack has the industry rethinking how it allows employees to access critical systems and content off-site, and put a renewed focus on watermarking content, whether it’s video or employee information. One of the issues presented to the industry is the balance between information security and the delivery of services, panelists said.

The Sony attack resulted in call for all content companies to re-evaluate the security measures they have in place, to prevent similar breaches from occurring in the future.

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Security Takes the Stage at May 14 HITS Conference (CDSA)

May 11, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

Hollywood IT execs today are undergoing the biggest ‘close-ups’ of their careers with a string of high-profile events keeping security top of every studio IT departments’ ‘priority list. New technologies are creating new vulnerabilities that require new defenses.

Cybersecurity preparedness will be the subject of three sessions at next week’s Hollywood IT Summit (HITS), Thursday, May 14 in Century City.

Stan Stahl, President, Information Systems Security Association, L.A. Chapter (ISSA-LA), will be moderating a panel of security experts on how technology, people and processes can prevent the loss of revenue, disclosure of information, embarrassment of company personnel, tarnishing of the brand and even blackmail. Read more

NSS Labs Partners with Fortinet, ThreatStream, Others (CDSA)

April 27, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

NSS Labs’ Cyber Advanced Warning System was first launched by the company in March, offering a real-time situational awareness platform for security professionals, allowing them to assess the exposure of assets. And just a month later, the service has picked up some huge support.

Fortinet, Trend Micro, Palo Alto Networks and ThreatStream — companies that offer products and services that specialize in advanced threat intelligence — have agreed to integrate NSS Labs’ Cyber Advanced Warning System into their offerings. The integrations will help provide malware analysis, threat actor attribution, actor history, geo-location and applications, using the Cyber Advanced Warning System.

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HBO Goes After ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Five Pirates (CDSA)

April 20, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Die-hard fans of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” were in heaven a week ago when the first four episodes of the fifth season leaked online, just ahead of the April 12 broadcast debut.

In less than 24 hours after the leak (which happened via a review screener), just the first episode had been downloaded more than a million times via torrent sites, according to torrent news site TorrentFreak. “… The leaked four episodes of the upcoming season of ‘Game of Thrones’ originated from within a group approved by HBO to receive them,” a statement to news outlets reads. “We’re actively assessing how this breach occurred.”

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Azure Media Services Certified for CDSA (Azure Media Services)

April 20, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

The Content Delivery and Security Association (CDSA) is a worldwide forum advocating the innovative and responsible delivery and storage of entertainment, software, and information content. The CDSA’s Content Protection & Security (CPS) Standard forms the basis of a Content Security Management System (CSMS) providing guidance and requirements to secure media assets. The standard details a set of controls designed to ensure the continued integrity of intellectual property, confidentiality, and media asset security, at all stages of the supply chain.

This standard is auditable and once a system is validated through an external (appointed) auditor, the CDSA issues a certificate of compliance with the CPS program. To maintain compliance the certified entity must submit the results of annual audits to the CDSA.

Fortium, Avid Partner on Post-Production File Encryption Solution (CDSA)

April 13, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

Leading digital security solutions provider Fortium Technologies today announced that it has signed a license agreement with Avid to make MediaSeal file encryption at-rest accessible to all of the Avid post-production community.

MediaSeal is compatible with the Avid Everywhere applications and is designed to encrypt all types of media files during the editing and review stages of post-production in order to help protect against leaks caused by hacking, piracy or accidental distribution. By integrating encryption at-rest with an advanced access control system it ensures that files remain protected after they have been distributed and throughout the post production process so that only authorized project members may view or work on them.

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Cyber Security Survey: Intelligence is Key (CDSA)

April 6, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Intelligence driven cyber defense may be the best approach against hackers and other cyber criminals, according to a new IT leadership survey, but it’s a strategy that eludes many companies, due to a lack of expert personnel and budget constraints.

Interviewing nearly 700 American IT security practitioners familiar with their organizations’ defense against cyber security attacks, Lockheed Martin and the Ponemon Institute found that most companies have a below-average ability to implement an intelligence driven cyber defense (defined as the ability of an organization to thwart an attacker’s offensive maneuvers while maintaining a defensive position).

The report (“Intelligence Driven Cyber Defense”) found that understanding the attacker’s weak spots is probably the most important feature of a security intelligence tool, less important than technology that slows down or halts the attacker’s computers or technology that utilizes big data analytics to thwart attacks. Read more

CDSA Releases Recommended Best Practices for Productions and Post (CDSA)

April 6, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

LOS ANGELES — The Content Delivery & Security Association, CDSA, which conducts over 100 security audits for media & entertainment companies worldwide, has released the industry’s first Recommended Best Practices for Productions and Post Production / Editorial, which has been developed in cooperation with leading Hollywood studios and their production partners.

This Recommended Best Practices document addresses, for the first time, security requirements for an area of the entertainment supply chain that has long been ignored and overlooked – the set. This new security process document covers everything from the Production Office, Camera Media Security, Physical Security, IT Security, Incident Response, Editing Rooms, Script Handling, and more. It also offer recommendations for Non-Disclosure Agreements, Social Media Awareness training, On-Set Visitation Policy, Personal/Mobile Device Policies, and much more.

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CDSA Develops Recommended Best Practices for Productions, Post (CDSA)

March 30, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Bryan Ellenburg

For many years, the media and entertainment industry has largely focused security auditing on traditional brick-and-mortar vendors, including visual effects vendors, mix facilities, mastering and digital intermediate labs, replicators, and more.

However, the way movies and television shows are produced, edited, and distributed have transformed dramatically over the last few years. With rare exception of filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, and Quentin Tarantino, 35mm film shoots have all gone digital. With digital productions comes diverse workflows. Read more

Rightscorp: A Different Approach to Infringement (CDSA)

March 16, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

In 2009 when France’s nationwide anti-piracy law (HADOPI) was first passed, it was put up as a model for how to approach piracy on a state level, one that offered a three-strikes, graduated response to dealing with online copyright infringement by Internet users.

By the time the law was revoked in mid-2013, it had cost the French government 12 million euros to implement, and had resulted in the settlement of a mere 230 or so copyright cases.

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USTR: Improvement with Overseas Piracy Sites, But More is Needed (CDSA)

March 9, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released its annual report on “notorious markets” overseas engaged in online piracy of copyrighted content, and found both good and bad news to share.

The annual report highlights online and physical markets worldwide that are responsible for substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting, and represent a serious threat to U.S. businesses.

“Intellectual property protects the contributions and livelihoods of the 40 million Americans whose jobs are supported by intellectual property-intensive and associated industries,” said U.S. trade rep. Michael Froman. “The theft we’re shining a light on today is detrimental not only to creators and inventors, but also to consumers, who may be deceived and even endangered by notorious markets engaging in counterfeiting and piracy.”

HP Looks Back at 2014 Cyber Security Landscape (CDSA)

March 2, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

The cyber security landscape is changing every day, but companies most at risk are still learning to defend against old problems and well-known techniques that compromise systems and networks, according to a new report from HP.

The 2015 edition of HP’s annual security research Cyber Risk Report found that many vulnerabilities exploited last year took advantage of code written years, even decades ago, and that exploitation of widely deployed client- and server-side applications remain commonplace. Newer attack exploits may be grabbing the headlines, but it’s the tried and true threats presenting the most significant threats to enterprise security, HP found.

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Experts: Illegal Streaming Sites Pull in Major Ad Money (CDSA)

February 23, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

LOS ANGELES — A year ago, the nonprofit Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA) — a coalition of businesses and Internet experts focused on the threats consumers face online — released a study finding that online piracy sites pulled in more than $4 million each annually, just from legitimate ads.

In the next couple of weeks the Washington, D.C.-based DCA will release a similar study, looking at approximately the same number of sites dealing in illegal content. But while the number of sites in the study has barely changed, their overall make-up has, according to DCA executive director Tom Galvin.

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Awards Screeners on Disc ‘Alive and Well’ (CDSA)

February 2, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

The late-2014 leak of five films from Sony Pictures (Fury, Annie, Still Alice, Mr. Turner and To Write Love on Her Arms), following a massive hacker attack against the studio, was an unprecedented piracy event for the industry. That attack has been well reported.

But in the midst of Hollywood’s awards season, what’s been going on recently with piracy and awards screeners hasn’t received nearly the same amount of attention.  Read more

Sohonet Exec Talks Cyber Security Challenges for Production Houses (CDSA)

January 26, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

Martin Rushworth, director of technology at Sohonet, looks at the cyber security challenges TV and film productions face today, and sees a challenge that’s unique to the industry: in the amount of time a regular company would just get started on its infrastructure and security, a production house created to make a movie is already being disbanded and on to the next project.

Recently writing about the cyber security challenges TV and film productions face today, Rushworth suggests there’s a reason they commonly seek the help of outside vendors to manage and store content, from pre-production to final delivery.

“At the outset of a production, little or no procedures are in place, typically there have been no decisions about which production, post production or VFX vendors are to be used, no workflows have been decided on, tools and infrastructure are to be specified and although studios are offering increased guidance, the production rarely has an in-house team looking after security,” Rushworth wrote. “These are just a few of the elements that need to come together.” Read more

FTC Chairwoman: Internet of Things has Security Concerns (CDSA)

January 12, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

In a Jan. 6 presentation at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Edith Ramirez, chairwoman with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), offered both praise for this emerging world of the Internet of Things (IoT), and caution that all these connected devices come with privacy concerns.

From bracelets that allow consumers to check email to light bulbs controlled via smartphone, more than 25 billion connected devices will be in consumer hands in 2015, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.

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Experts: Lessons to be Learned from Sony Cyber Attack (CDSA)

December 22, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

With Sony Pictures still reeling from the biggest cyber attack to ever hit the entertainment industry, the need for aggressive cyber security — and a plan to address security breaches when they occur — has been brought to the forefront.

The Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) sat down with four experts in the cyber security industry to discuss what happened to Sony, and how other media and entertainment companies can look to avoid a similar breach.

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NSS Labs Report: IPS Vendors Making Strides (CDSA)

December 15, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

NSS Labs’ latest round of testing of intrusion prevention systems (IPS) found IPS vendors are making big strides in lowering the total cost of ownership and improving performance, though some services require a lot more upkeep than others.

The IPS services tested included Check Point 13500, Dell SonicWALL SuperMassive E10800, Fortinet FortiGate-D3600C, HP TippingPoint S7500NX, IBM GX7800, Juniper SRX5800, McAfee NSD9100, McAfee NSD9200, Sourcefire 7120 and Stonesoft 3206.

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Content Creators: Piracy Enabling ‘A Lost Generation’ (CDSA)

December 15, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks, looks at Internet piracy today, and offers a simple comparison for those who steal: The same amount of money and man hours can be spent constructing both a building and a movie, yet only the latter is considered open season for theft.

And that makes him — in his words — furious.

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Piracy Experts: Disrupt the Money (CDSA)

December 15, 2014 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off 

By Chris Tribbey

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Elisha Lawrence, associate VP of global anti-piracy and content security for TV network ABS-CBN Intl., noticed something important when she first started looking at the habits of those who pirate content.

“Just a little frustration on the consumer’s part will result in them moving on,” she said Dec. 9, speaking during a panel at the fifth annual Content Protection Summit. If the goal is to keep consumers pointed toward legitimate sites, she has a mantra for everyone in the anti-piracy business: “frustrate and redirect.”

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