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U.K. Considers 10-Year Sentence for Piracy (CDSA)

July 20, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off on U.K. Considers 10-Year Sentence for Piracy (CDSA) 

By Chris Tribbey

In a bid to deter online piracy, Britain’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is recommending an increase in the maximum jail term for offenders, from two to 10 years, the IPO announced.

The proposal would bring the penalties for online piracy in line with those for copyright infringement of physical goods, but would only apply to “criminals who infringe the rights of copyright holders for large-scale financial gain,” the IPO announced.

“The government takes copyright crime extremely seriously: it hurts businesses, consumers and the wider economy both on and offline,” IPO head Lucy Neville-Rolfe said in a statement. “Our creative industries are worth more than £7 billion to the U.K. economy and it’s important to protect them from online criminal enterprises. Read more

PwC Cybersecurity Report Finds Promise, Flaws in Cyber Attack Readiness (CDSA)

July 13, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off on PwC Cybersecurity Report Finds Promise, Flaws in Cyber Attack Readiness (CDSA) 

By Chris Tribbey

The threat of cyber attacks has never been more on the minds of executives of American businesses, according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). But even with increased awareness of today’s cyber threats, companies haven’t changed their policies and processes fast enough to better protect themselves against today’s cyber threats.

More than 75% of executives surveyed in the “2015 U.S. State of Cybercrime Survey” report said they’re more concerned about cyber risks, up from 59% in 2014. However, despite nearly 80% of respondents admitting their companies had a security incident in the past year, only 62% said they evaluate the security risks of third-party partners, only 57% said they do so for contractors, and one in five (19%) of CEOs, COO and CFOs surveyed said they were not concerned about supply chain risks. Nearly 25% of respondents said they don’t evaluate third parties at all. Read more

Akamai: Predicting Attacks a Mixed Bag (CDSA)

June 29, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off on Akamai: Predicting Attacks a Mixed Bag (CDSA) 

By Chris Tribbey

Stuart Atherton, a security specialist with Akamai, is worried that media and entertainment companies still aren’t prepared for the security threats they face today.

The attacks have become more sophisticated, state-sanctioned cyber attacks are now the norm, and hackers don’t even need to spend any time or resources on writing code, with online tools that do the work for them, Atherton said during a recent Akamai security presentation.

But there’s definitely one thing media and entertainment companies can count on and prepare for: “Any time there’s a big event, we expect to see that event attacked,” he said. But even then, predicting when the attacks will occur is a mixed bag.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Breaks Piracy Record (CDSA)

June 15, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off on ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Breaks Piracy Record (CDSA) 

By Chris Tribbey

HBO’s massively popular “Game of Thrones” has consistently been a popular target for illegal downloads, and the June 14 season five finale was no different.

According to Bit Torrent news site TorrentFreak, the season finale set a new piracy record, with approximately 1.5 million downloads in just eight hours after the episode aired. TorrentFreak forecasts the episode to hit the 10 million-download mark in the next few days, and for the episode to break the all-time record for the number of file sharers sharing a single file at one time.

“Never before have we seen this many downloads in such a short period of time, and last year it took half a day to reach the same number,” the site reported. “The lower quality 480p copies of the show remain by far the most popular among downloaders, followed by 720p and 1080p copies, respectively.” Read more

Cybercrime Solutions Top Agenda of ISSA-LA Information Security Summit (CDSA)

June 1, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off on Cybercrime Solutions Top Agenda of ISSA-LA Information Security Summit (CDSA) 

By Chris Tribbey

This week will see the seventh annual Information Security Summit, held by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA-LA).

And while attendees at this year’s event can expect the usual — a full day of security management programs for security and IT professionals, with the best and brightest in the cyber security industry on hand — there’s something unique about the June 4 program, according to ISSA-LA president Stan Stahl.

The unprecedented cyber attack against Sony last year has put everyone in the media and entertainment industry on notice, he said: cyber security for content companies can no longer be reactionary. And protecting your content is just part of the equation. Read more

HITS Panel Talks Sony Hack, Cyber Security (CDSA)

May 18, 2015 · Posted in Latest News · Comments Off on HITS Panel Talks Sony Hack, Cyber Security (CDSA) 

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

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

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

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 on Azure Media Services Certified for CDSA (Azure Media Services) 

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

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 on Cyber Security Survey: Intelligence is Key (CDSA) 

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

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

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 on Rightscorp: A Different Approach to Infringement (CDSA) 

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

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 on HP Looks Back at 2014 Cyber Security Landscape (CDSA) 

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

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

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

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

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