Data Security To Be Focus of BEIT Sessions at NAB

In our cloud-based, data centric world, broadcasters constantly have to deal with content security. File-based workflows, distributed collaboration, cloud-based production and IP replacement of coax and SDI have certainly made content production more agile and efficient. However, with these advancements comes a significantly expanded threat from cybercriminals.

Security: Table Stakes for Doing Business Today kicks off several sessions on security at the Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology (BEIT) Conference at NAB 2019. The session, which begins on Wednesday, April 10 at 9 a.m., will be held in N258.

Andy Liebman

Andy Liebman

To be presented by Andy Liebman, founder and CEO of EditShare and Michael Funk, corporate director of IT services at Quincy Media, the session will focus on a variety of adopted security layers such as firewall solutions, LDAP-based user permissions and network policy management systems.

Also examined will be “least permissions” access to critical assets and encryption and watermarking technologies, which are leveraged to prevent or detect piracy of media assets.

The presenters will argue this is not enough. HBO and Netflix, in conjunction with other industry organizations, have outlined new security best practices for content suppliers, affecting the technology used to store high-value content.

The presentation will address current security for blocking physical, internal and external access to critical media assets as well as the now required auditing technology that focuses on answering “Who did What to Which files, When and where did they do it?”

Liebman began his career on the content creation side of the media and entertainment industry. He was a producer, director, writer and editor of documentary films for PBS and the Discovery Channel.

Having developed innovative shared storage and collaboration technologies for his own production company, in 2003, he founded EditShare to commercialize these solutions so they could be brought to a wider audience.

Michael Funk, corporate director of IT services at Quincy Media.

Michael Funk, corporate director of IT services at Quincy Media.

Following that session will be Improving the Odds Against Cyber-Tsunamis and Your Enterprise Risk Posture With Cyber-Resilience. It begins at 9:20 in N258 on April 10.

Presented by Anyck Tungeon, cyber-resiliency and security evangelist at IBM and Michael Funk, the session focuses on corporate risk.

Anyck Tungeon, CISO, IBM

Anyck Tungeon, CISO, IBM

As the number of cyber-events that organizations are dealing with is now in the billions daily, C-level executives and cyber-security professionals wake up at 3:00 a.m. wondering when they will be fired.

As corporations have been under estimating the toxicity of their risk posture by only depending on two dimensions (impact and likelihood), a new approach is needed to prioritize cyber-risks and properly assess them.

This session will focus on how the new cyber-resilience approach can help an organization prioritize the environment and ensure zero-downtime. The presentation will review the full roadmap of solution components, processes and considerations that an organization needs to implement to improve the cyber posture of critical infrastructure and be prepared to deal with tomorrow’s cyber-tsunamis.

Anyck Turgeon is an executive with end-to-end security expertise including IT management, cyber-security and privacy. She currently leads IBM’s global efforts in the C-BISO/CISO offices to ensure the security of all corporate assets of IBM at over 194 locations.

Following that session is A Practical Guide to Security for ST 2110 Systems and What the Standard Organizations are Doing to Help. The session begins at 9:40 a.m. on April 10 in N258.

Leigh Whitcomb, architect, Imagine Communications

Leigh Whitcomb, architect, Imagine Communications

This session, presented by Leigh Whitcomb, architect at Imagine Communications and Michael Funk, focuses on security for SMPTE ST 2110, the protocol for the suite of standards for professional media over managed IP networks.

The standard is a major contributing factor in the movement toward one common internet protocol (IP)-based mechanism for the professional media industries.

With ST 2110, security is becoming an important issue. Using ST 2110 adds new ways systems can be attacked. For example, an attacker could disable an ST 2059/PTP infrastructure and this would cripple the ST 2110 system. Tackling the entire security issue may seem like a daunting challenge.

Whitcomb suggests that many users and equipment vendors don’t know where to start. To assist users and vendors, standard organizations such as the Joint Taskforce on Networked Media (JT-NM), SMPTE and AMWA are working on specific parts of the issue. They are producing practical and actionable solutions.

While these solutions don’t address all the security issues, they are a good starting point to get the industry moving in the right direction. This presentation will summarize the work going on in the different standard organizations and present practical and actionable solutions. Specific focus will be on ST 2059/PTP infrastructure.

Leigh Whitcomb participates in the SMPTE, VSF and AIMS standards committees, including co-chair of 32nf, active involvement on SMPTE ST 2110, the SMPTE ST 2022 family of standards and SMPTE ST 2059 Genlock Over IP. He is the chair of the Toronto SMPTE section.

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