NAB 2017: Watermarking, Securing Data and Protecting Broadcasts: A Preview of CDSA’s NAB Cybersecurity Program

The Content Delivery and Security Association (CDSA) kicks off its three-day “Cyber Security and Content Protection Pavilion” (C3830CS at the Las Vegas Convention Center) program April 24 at the NAB Show, featuring top cybersecurity and content protection experts from all corners of the media and entertainment sector.

Among the highlights: the CEO of Fortium and the CTO of 3rdi QC will examine the ways companies (throughout the content creation chain) are addressing proper risk management strategies (while keeping business objectives in mind); the CEO of Media Science International will look at the latest in new audio and video watermark detection techniques; and executives from TNT, AMC Networks, and A&E Television Networks will share what they’re doing to secure content.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s on tap for the NAB Show’s first dedicated cybersecurity forum (click the session title links below to add these sessions to your “myNAB” conference planner):

Monday, April 24

11–11:20 a.m. “Secure, Real-Time Watermark Detection for Effective Piracy Monitoring”
Graham Oakes, CEO of Media Science International and chairman of the Digital Watermarking Alliance, Michael Gamble, product manager for Media Science International, and Lawrence Low, VP of business development for Irdeto kick things off with a presentation on the benefits of new audio and video watermark detection techniques, and how torrent and cyber-locker monitoring providers can streamline their piracy monitoring workflows to better undermine sources unauthorized content.

11:25–11:45 a.m. “Achieving the Full Potential of Secure, Digital Collaboration”
Steve Cronan, CEO of 5th Kind, will offer up ideas on how content owners can secure their content creation pipeline, and plan for their future content protection needs, by keeping technical, business and creative divisions all in mind.

11:50 a.m.–12:10 p.m. “Hacking Hollywood: How Safe Is Your Data?”
A presentation from Steve Wong, director of business development for DXC Technology, will share that while the expanded use of cloud-based storage, mobile devices and social media have benefited broadcasters and their business, these technologies have also made them more vulnerable to cyberattacks. He’ll offer up proactive security strategies that broadcasters should consider.

1:25–1:55 p.m. “Safe, Easy or Cheap? Content Security and Operational Tradeoffs You Can Live With”
This afternoon panel will examine the internal tradeoffs — balancing tight deadlines and the competing needs of multiple departments with budget constraints — content companies are dealing with today. How to implement new security measures without weighing down existing workflows (and while still allowing operations to deliver on-time and on-budget) will be a main topic. Kristie Moomey, VP of studio content operations for TNT/TBS, Matt Thomas, head of sales for MediaSilo, Joshua Berger, SVP of media management for AMC Networks, and Mark Rusciano, director of technical operations for production at A&E Television Networks are set to discuss.

2–2:30 p.m. “Safeguarding Against Broadcast Signal & OTT Intrusions”
Detecting intrusion attempts and defending against immediate attacks like DDoS will be the focus of this discussion, with Pete Chronis, CISO for Turner, Andrew Howard, CTO of Kudelski Security, and Tim Davis, VP of products for iStreamPlanet, looking at the latest trends in attack via analysis and experience. They’ll share their thoughts on the critical steps content creators can make to help ensure their best protection against intrusions.

2:35–2:55 p.m. “Threatscaping: Workflow-Based Security Models”
Independent Security Evaluators executive partner Ted Harrington and senior consultant Eli Mezei will discuss how the content protection needs of every part of any production may need specific security controls, vs. the uniform, blanket security model employed by content companies today. Both research and real world case studies, looking at programmatic security models ISE has observed, will be presented.

3–3:30 p.m. “Spoiler Alert! Content Security in the Era of Social Media”
Scott Rose, CTO of SDI Media, and Sara Cardone, VP of global strategy and business development for SDI Media, will address how social media has reframed the discussion on content security, beyond protecting the assets themselves. With premium content providers like HBO and Netflix upending traditional broadcast storytelling via longer, serial-based narratives, plot spoilers, character reveals and more can (and do) more often, via social media. They’ll will share ideas on how to tackle the problem.

3:35–3:55 p.m. “The Future of Security: A Disruptive Collision”
Crispen Maung, VP of compliance for Box, will share how the use of cloud computing helps create new business models, and alters the economics of technology delivery and consumption.

Tuesday, April 25

10:30 – 11 a.m. “Keynote: Seven Secrets of Defending Media Networks Against the Latest Cyber Threats”
Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall and renowned cybersecurity guru, will offer up his thoughts on bulletproofing media networks against DDoS, ransomware, and spear fishing attacks.

11:05–11:25 a.m. “Embarking on a New Chapter of Copyright Protection – Whose Responsibility Is It?
Wendy Frank, global and U.S. copyright infringement leader for PwC, will speak to how while faster network speeds and improved media platforms have been a boon to digital distribution, the connected changes in the ability to distribute and store digital media have led to an increase in the infringement activity, where notification and action responsibilities are required on the part of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Online Service Providers (OSPs.). She’ll tackle the current and future liability of ISPs and OSPs when it comes to modern content protection.

11:30–11:50 a.m. “Creating Defensible Information Security Strategies”
Erik Rasmussen, managing director and North America cyber practice leader for Kroll Cyber Security, will share how senior executives, board members and senior IT professionals in the entertainment sector can create defensible security strategies to mitigate the results of cyber-related breach (covering reputation, legal, financial and compliance).

11:55 a.m.–12:15 p.m. “Security and Other Key Considerations for Migrating Graphics Workloads to the Cloud”
Mirela Cunjalo, senior product manager for Teradici, will offer a rundown on how using PCoIP technology can securely migrate graphics-intensive workloads and applications to the cloud, co-locate with data, and result in “workstation-like” performance.

1:30–2 p.m. “Securing the Making of the Next Hollywood Blockbuster”
Joel Sloss, program manager of security, privacy and compliance for Microsoft Azure, will share how one Academy Award-winning production company is streamlining data creation workflow to enhance filmmaker collaboration and business efficiency, while preventing exploits of its production and corporate secrets. Lulu Zezza, former New Regency production executive and founder of Three Zebra Solutions, will also join.

2:05–2:35 p.m. “Hollywood Hacks: Are Media and Entertainment Companies Ready for the Cybersecurity Challenge?”
Cyril Rickelton-Abdi, senior director of content security for Turner Broadcasting System, Denis Onuoha, CISO for Arqiva, and Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall, will discuss whether Hollywood studios have taken the proper, proactive steps to prevent future cyber-attacks, and whether there are still gaps in their defenses.

2:40–3:10 p.m. “Data Security and the Hard Outer Shell”
Insider threats and complex, distributed work environments have media and entertainment organizations focusing internally, monitoring access points to critical data within their organization, and securing data, according to Matt Turner, CTO of media and entertainment for MarkLogic. He’ll discuss the latest security practices being employed, including cyber situational awareness and advances in data management enabling organizations to protect their data at the source, without crippling the critical role that access to data plays.

3:15–3:45 p.m. “The FYI on ROI for Security: Developing a Risk Management Strategy”
Ramon Breton, CTO of 3rdi QC, and Mathew Gilliat-Smith, CEO of Fortium, will look at the ways companies (throughout the content creation chain) can address proper risk management strategies that fall in line with business objectives. Guy Finley, executive director of CDSA will moderate, and Joshua Berger, SVP of media management for AMC Networks will also weigh in.

Wednesday, April 26

10:30–11 a.m. “Enhanced End-to-End Content Security with Forensic Watermarking”
Rajan Samtani, senior advisor for the Digital Watermarking Alliance, will look at the various forensic watermarking solutions available to help companies monitor and detect the sources of piracy today.

11:05–11:25 a.m. “Evolving the Digital Supply Chain from Monolithic to Micro Services”
The shift to digital resulted in hastily installed (and unwieldy) applications being string together to help companies manage their supply chains. Steven Sabonjohn, senior manager of OnPrem Solution Partners, will share how independent, autonomous, modular, self-contained applications (i.e. micro services) can be utilized to revolutionize today’s digital supply chain.

11:30–11:50 a.m. “Cognitive Cyber Defense: Machine Learning & Applied AI to Uncover Unknown Threats”
Murali Rao, global head of cybersecurity and risk consulting for Wipro, offers up his thoughts on how a cohesive, cognitive cyber defense framework allows enterprises to maximize investments in cyber threat mitigation, and can lead to sustainable cyber defense.

11:55 a.m.–12:15 p.m. “Securing Critical Content in the AWS Cloud”
Usman Shakeel, principal technologist-of media and entertainment for Amazon Web Services, will answer the most frequently asked questions and concerns around securely storing, processing, distributing, and archiving digital media assets in the AWS cloud environment.

1:30–1:50 p.m. “Identify, Govern and Protect Data (Including Personal Customer Data)”
Gavin Day, VP of data management for SAS, will share ideas for overcoming organizational challenges to data security and data management, and how companies can build a solid data governance foundation. Getting started toward securing an organization’s data, including personal customer data and building a process to comply with PII and GDPR regulations, will also be on the agenda.

1:55–2:25 p.m. “Global Digital Production: It’s All About Cyber and Even More”
Lulu Zezza, production executive and founder of 3 Zebra Solutions, shares how media and entertainment companies need to evolve beyond email when it comes to handling communication for production and post production.

2:30–3 p.m. “Security as a Business Enabler: Encourage Speed and Innovation While Maintaining Security in the Cloud”
Christine Thomas, senior director of worldwide technical operations and strategic initiatives for Dolby, Ted Middleton, chief product officer for Verizon Digital Media Services, and Matthew Trentler, senior manager of information security for Dolby, will tackle the aspects of security as a business-enabler.

3:05-3:25 p.m. “The Importance of Audits within the M&E Industry”
With CDSA set to release its annual revision of the Content Protection Security (CPS) Standard, moves are in place among its board of directors to establish a set of “common controls,” with the goal that vendor suppliers will face a more consistent and streamlined audit assessment process that will be cost effective and cut the time involved. Chris Johnson, global director of anti-piracy and compliance programs for CDSA, will discuss.

3:30–3:55 p.m. “EIDR Content Identifiers Use in Security Solutions”
Don Dulchinos, executive director of the Entertainment ID Registry (EIDR), Sefy Ariely, EVP of Americas for Viaccess-Orca, and Mike Witte, EVP of business development and sales for Vobile, will look at the use of EIDR IDs as a component of security and anti-piracy solutions.