Cyber Security

Content Protection Summit Keynote: Fiction Meeting Reality in Cyber Warfare (CDSA)

The military is looking to the storytellers of Hollywood, video games and fiction for clues about the future of war, security and geopolitics, according to futurist and best-selling author P.W. Singer who will be presenting the Luncheon Keynote at the 6th Annual Content Protection Summit at the Marina Del Rey Marriott on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

According to Singer, the keynote, entitled “Next War: The Science Fiction and Reality of Future Tech and Geopolitics,” will address how “the 21st century is being shaped by a range of exciting, and scary, new trends and technologies that seem like they are right out of the entertainment world — in part because they are.” His address will delve into the impact of robots, artificial intelligence, cyberwar, 3D printing, bio-enhancements, and the risks of World War III.

Recently described by the Wall Street Journal as “one of Washington’s pre-eminent futurists,” Singer is a consultant for groups that range from the US military to Hollywood whose recent novel Ghost Fleet ( blends the style of a technothriller with nonfiction style research, leading to a learning experience that is “a wild book, a real page turner” (The Economist) and “a modern-day successor to tomes such as The Hunt For Red October from the late Tom Clancy” (USA Today).  Since its publication last June, Singer has been invited to brief lessons from the book to groups that range from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to Congress and CEO summits.    

A strategist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation, Singer is considered one of the world’s leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare. He has consulted for the U.S. military, Defense Intelligence Agency, and FBI, as well as advised a range of entertainment programs, including for Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, Universal, HBO, Discovery, History Channel, and the video game series “Call of Duty” — the best-selling entertainment project in history.  He has also recently authored the book, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, which explores the key questions we all face in the cyber age (how it all works, why it all matters, and what we can do?). The book was described by the Chairman of Google as “an essential read” and by the former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO as “the most approachable and readable book ever written on the cyber world.”

Prior to his current position, Dr. Singer was the founding Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution. He was the youngest scholar named Senior Fellow in Brookings’ 98-year history.

The annual Content Protection Summit is the entertainment industry’s official gathering point for content protection/security executives; Singer joins the keynote speaker stage with Brian McNelis, known for his work as the music supervisor on Drive (2011), The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Crank (2006) and Napoleon Dynamite (2004); and former SpaceX CIO Branden Spikes, who is founder and CEO of Spikes Security.  The day-long conference will also feature security experts and thought leaders from Adobe, MPAA, NBCUniversal, 20th Century Fox, Turner Broadcasting, Andreseen Horowitz, Legendary Pictures, Sony Pictures, Google, Warner Bros., and New Regency.  Sessions will explore:

• The Move To Digital Pre-Release Screeners — DVD R.I.P

• It’s Not “If” But “When” You’ll Get Hacked: Secrets to Building An Incident Response Team

• The Global State of Information Security

• Vulnerability Scanning / Penetration Testing

• Data Loss: Causes, Impact and Prevention

• An Innovator’s Perspective on Security and Content Protection

• Production In The Cloud

• Production Security Compliance: Thinking “Inside The Box”

With title sponsorship by Entertainment Partners, the Content Protection Summit has gained widespread industry support from sponsors including Microsoft Azure, MediaSilo, Sohonet, Akamai, IBM, PwC, Wipro, Quantum, and Fortium.  Association partners include CreativeFuture, Digital Watermarking Alliance and the Cloud Security Alliance. The event is co-located with the Cloud Security Alliance (SoCal) Summit, which takes place at the same venue on Thursday, December 3.  The Content Protection Summit is produced by the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA), Hollywood IT Society (HITS) and Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA).

For program information and to register for the Summit visit: To sponsor please contact Garrett Randall at [email protected]; (310) 882-9204.