Industry Collaboration Focus of April 23 Content Protection Summit in Vegas

At the April 23 Anti-Piracy and Content Protection Summit in Las Vegas, industry collaboration and a community approach toward protecting our assets will be the focus of the day, as the top content protection minds in media and entertainment gather together to discuss everything from global approaches for content protection and anti-piracy, to recovering revenue from piracy.

Here’s a look at the final program, with the event kicking off at 1 p.m.:

• Following welcome remarks by Nathan Lee, partner in charge for advisory services at Richey May Technology Solutions, the leaders of the Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA) will set the stage for the afternoon’s conference agenda by highlighting both the individual work and the increased collaboration of CDSA and its members, in the session “The Community Approach to Securing Media & Entertainment.”

As entertainment moves toward a more fluid and connected infrastructure, communities of subject matter experts and how they approach the problem solving required to truly evolve our business play a critical role in tackling these increasingly challenging workflows and distribution models. Driving common solutions, to common problems, together with building a foundation of infrastructure security that speaks to individual company’s respective software and enterprise strategies.

Richard Atkinson, president of CDSA, Ben Schofield, technical director, and Chris Taylor, director of ME-ISAC, will be on hand.

• Kiersten E. Todt, chief of staff of the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), has been announced as the keynote speaker of the April 23 Anti-Piracy and Content Protection Summit in Las Vegas, and will be interviewed by Roger Cressy, counter-terrorism analyst and former presidential advisor.

Todt’s keynote — “Collaborating on the Culture of Security” — will be a must-hear for attendees of the event, with Hollywood and the broadcast communities presented a unique opportunity to collaborate more effectively to help secure our country’s (and the world’s) future, coming out of the pandemic. The CISA leads the effort to enhance the security, resiliency, and reliability of our nation’s cybersecurity and communications infrastructure, and how CISA is changing and improving culture at the federal level and how that impacts the state, regional and local agencies and their engagement at an industry level will be discussed.

• “A Moving Target: Richey May’s MDR Approach” with Sean Kalinich, senior security architect for Richey May, will review current issues and share ways the company help its partners deploy next level MDR solutions. This session revolves around mobile device management at NAB. Roll up your sleeves and dig into this complex problem as we find solutions that have worked for our clients.

• CDSA’s Atkinson will present “A Collaborative, Global Approach for Content Protection & Anti-Piracy.” The whack-a-mole approach to anti-piracy is outdated thinking in media and entertainment. There’s a growing understanding that the recognition of piracy, and the fight against it, are an ongoing process that requires an ecosystem of interlocking parts and not a ‘one-and-done’ proposition. The ecosystem continues to grow as more players play a role. Stakeholders include rights-holders, distributors, providers of technical and production services, technology providers, industry associations, law enforcement, courts and the legal system, governmental agencies, and legislators. This session discusses the scale, scope, and complexity of the global market as our industry continues to evolve.

• In “Anti-Piracy Takes Center Stage in 2022,” Steve Hawley, managing director of Piracy Monitor, takes inventory of the current state of piracy. Media companies, their distributors and advertisers have become well aware of the range of risks and impact of piracy and have driven the anti-piracy discussion from the wishful thinking phase into the industry mainstream. Losses associated with piracy have become well-defined and budgets for anti-piracy initiatives have become easier to justify. But new piracy use-cases and attack surfaces are constantly emerging, and everyone must stay ahead of the game to succeed. This session takes inventory of the current state of play.

• “Cloud and Application Security for the Studios” has Jason Deadrich, CTO of Vision Media, and Mathew Gilliat-Smith, EVP of Convergent Risks, discuss cloud and application security and assurance. Operating in a hybrid or cloud native environment with third party components involves many moving parts. Achieving the correct security posture can be challenging, and even more so if you provide a web application as part of the service.

• David Wurgler, senior director of business development and anti-piracy for NAGRA, will discuss the ways technology can address one security gap but leave another wide open in the session “Turning Chaos into Calm: Simplifying and Synchronizing Technology to Address Piracy Threats.” The phenomenal growth of online video continues with roughly 1.26Bn global subscriptions at the end of 2021. Among the key drivers for consumers is unique and compelling content that requires significant investment. However, the best content attracts the most sophisticated pirates. Content owners and services providers are going to great pains to close security loopholes as quickly as they open up.

• “Why Anti-Piracy, Cybersecurity, Apps and Financial Technology are Actually Parts of the Same Conversation” will feature Hawley and Jon Samsel, SVP of global marketing for Verimatrix. Taking piracy detection and anti-piracy to a platform level enables us to identify gaps and recapture opportunities that once were lost. By complementing classic data center and transport security with app-level and code-level security, media stakeholders and distributors can take a surgical approach against piracy that wasn’t possible before. While protecting infrastructure is fundamental, taking this platform approach extends traditional cybersecurity to the service edge and beyond.

• Christopher Levy, CEO and founder of BuyDRM, discusses “DRM to Scale: Best Practices for Managed Security Services.” In this session, he looks at the today’s challenges when assembling scalable security for video delivery and discuss how to best deploy a robust multi-DRM solution at scale.

• “Recovering Revenue From Piracy, Across Time and Space” will feature Hawley and Olga Kornienko, COO and co-founder of EZDRM. Anti-piracy is about smart business logic, backed by team play and tight infrastructure. This session looks at ways that media and entertainment stakeholders — and enterprises — can foil pirates and grow their opportunities by making well-informed security decisions. Sports leagues and broadcasters build their businesses around territorial franchises to best attract advertisers and sponsors that are relevant to their audiences.

Events play out so quickly that instances of piracy must be detected, pinpointed, and stopped in minutes. Distributors build demand through exclusivity. Movie release windows are engineered for maximum return on investment. Understanding this and responding appropriately makes a big difference.

• “What’s in a Name?: How Richey May Defines a Scan, Pen Test, & Assessment” will see Sean Kalinich, senior security architect for Richey May, discuss how the company helps its studio partners sort through what is being offered and how to best use those solutions to secure Hollywood.

The 2022 Anti-Piracy and Content Protection Summit is presented by Richey May Technology Solutions, with sponsorship by Convergent Risks, NAGRA, Verimatix, BuyDRM, EZDRM and Vision Media. Produced by MESA, in association with the Content Delivery and Security Association (CDSA), the media partner for the show is Piracy Monitor.

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The 2022 Anti-Piracy and Content Protection Summit is presented by Richey May Technology Solutions, with sponsorship by Convergent Risks, NAGRA, BuyDRM and Vision Media. The media partner is Piracy Monitor.

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