Studio Security Experts Highlight Content Protection Summit Program

Studio security experts, the heads of the Trusted Partner Network, the top vendors in the entertainment sector, and keynoters with decades of security experience will all converge in Marina del Rey, Calif. on Dec. 5 for the Content Delivery & Security Association’s annual Content Protection Summit (CPS).

The final agenda sees the day begin with general sessions at 9 a.m., and concludes with the annual Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) holiday party at 6 p.m. In between is a day filled with unique presentations around the security of the media and entertainment industry (to register for CPS, click here. Here’s a look at what’s on the CPS agenda:

• After opening remarks from Martin Porter, president of CDSA, Kai Pradel, founder and CEO of SafeStream, Guy Finley, president of MESA and executive director of CDSA, and Ben Stanbury, chairman of the board for CDSA, the first keynote address will be delivered by Jeff Gorell, deputy mayor of Los Angeles for Homeland Security and Public Safety. His presentation — “The L.A. Cyber Lab: Fighting Cybercrime, Together” — will offer up insights into the year-old Los Angeles Cyber Lab, a first-of-its-kind public-private-partnership. A non-profit organization dedicated to protecting personal and protected information from malicious cyber threats, the Cyber Lab facilitates and promotes innovation, education, and information sharing between Los Angeles’ public and private sectors.

• Christopher Taylor, director of M&E ISAC, will share how media and entertainment companies are targets for advanced persistent threats and other forms of hacktivism, due to their role in shaping public opinion and national image. His presentation — “The Importance of Threat Intelligence in Protecting Content” — will look at how ISAC helps companies keep on top all of incoming data by offering a curated feed that distills down the mountain of data to what is relevant specifically to media and entertainment companies.

• The second keynote of the morning — “Securing Global Moments and Creating a Stronger BBC” — has Alex Pickering, global content security director for BBC Studios, describing the security challenges faced in delivering global moments for shows like “Doctor Who,” “Sherlock” and “Blue Planet II.” The leak of scripts and unedited episodes in the past put BBC on the path to better security protocols, using a combination of stakeholder engagement, incident management, and vendor cooperation.

• At 10:30 a.m., Cyril Rickleton-Abdi and Lulu Zezza, co-chairs of CDSA’s Television Production Working Group, will share how industry leaders, guilds and associations are working together to create a new series of collaborative controls to secure our content on the production set, in the presentation “CDSA’s Production Security Best Practices.” They’ll then be joined by Jaclyn Knag, executive director of content security for Paramount Pictures, for the discussion “The New Frontier: Securing Production.”

• Running from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., attendees will have three “CPS Innovation and Technology Showcase” tracks to choose from, including “Software & Collaboration,” “Watermarking & Cloud” and “Performance & Monitoring.” Executives from SHIFT, Convergent Risks, LiveTiles, NAGRA, Amazon Web Services, Edgescan, Videocites, Microsoft Azure and more will be presenting.

• At 2:15 p.m., the first afternoon keynote comes from Winn Schwartau, author and founder of The Security Awareness Company. His presentation — “How to Make Your Security Awareness Program FAIL (and then SUCCEED!)” — will look at the dos and don’ts of creating and maintaining a security awareness program.

• The discussion “Addressing Online Piracy Together via the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE)” has Karen Thorland, SVP and deputy general counsel of Global Content Protection Legal for the MPAA, providing an overview of ACE and some of its successes to date.

• Erick Geisler, CEO of G2 Immersive Studios, and Joel Sloss, senior program manager for Microsoft Azure, will take part in the discussion “Making it Real: Cloud-Native Feature Production.” They’ll look at how end-to-end content production can occur in the cloud for feature, TV, and short-form media.

• The final keynote of the day — “Defending Against Disinformation and Social Media Manipulation” — comes from Jonathon Morgan, CEO of New Knowledge, and founder of Data for Democracy. Morgan’s presentation marks his third appearance on the CPS stage, following well-received keynotes at the NAB Show and in New York. He’ll update the audience on how new adversaries are using the same disinformation tactics being used in politics to attack entertainment brands and manipulate the media. Morgan will offer ideas on how Hollywood can protect its productions and consumers.

• Following a networking break, at 4 p.m. attendees will have a choice between the “Trusted Partner Network Workshop” and the “Women in Technology: Hollywood Workshop,” both running 4-6 p.m.

The 2018 CDSA Content Protection Summit is presented by SafeStream, and sponsored by EdgeScan, Microsoft Azure, LiveTiles, Aspera, Amazon Web Services, Convergent Risks, Dolby, Illumio, NAGRA, EIDR, the Trusted Partner Network (TPN), Videocites, Human-i-t, Telesoft and Bob Gold and Associates and is produced by the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) in association with CDSA, the Hollywood IT Society (HITS), Smart Content Council and Women in Technology Hollywood (WiTH).