(as of December 10, 2021 and subject to change)

Event Schedule:

8 a.m.: Venue Opens
8:45 a.m.: Welcome/Opening Remarks
9 a.m.: General Sessions Begin
10 a.m.: General Sessions Resume
11 a.m.: BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Multi-track Technology Showcases)
1:45 p.m.: General Sessions Resume
4:15 p.m.: General Sessions Resume
5:30 p.m.: Closing Remarks/Networking Reception/MESA Holiday Party
7 p.m.: Venue Closes

Event Program:

8:45 – 8:55 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Richard Atkinson, Executive Board Member & Treasurer, CDSA
Guy Finley, President, MESA
Ben Stanbury, Chairman, CDSA
8:55 – 9 a.m.
Conference Welcome Remarks
Michael Haynes, Global Telecom, Media and Entertainment Solution Sales Leader, IBM
Janice Pearson, Director of Business Development, Synamedia
9 – 9:15 a.m.
Adopting Zero Trust – What is it, What’s Working and What Isn’t
Delivering security and protecting content is essential in enabling your organizations to thrive, build brand awareness and establish customer trust. But how can this be achieved in highly collaborative, perimeter-less environments with shared ownership and control, where almost none of which can be implicitly trusted? A Zero Trust approach can be an incremental, iterative process to implement controls that verify and enforce security every step of the way. This can help ensure that only the appropriate access to resources is granted to those users and entities that need it and when.
Alden Hutchison, Partner, IBM Security
9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
OPENING KEYNOTE: Managing Risk in an Interconnected World is Everyone’s Responsibility
Our opening CPS Keynote explains how today’s cybersecurity requirements extend beyond traditional IT networks and need to focus on individual approaches as well as corporate strategy and structure. As M&E moved entirely to native digital workflows during the Global pandemic we are creating interdependencies between networks, devices, and users that were impossible to predict (nor utilize!) just over a year ago. Additionally, as corporate governance and expanding business units are challenged with increasingly long lists of remote-work security and privacy challenges, this session explains why the threat environment is only one part of the equation and why managing cyber risk in an interconnected world is everyone’s responsibility.
Roger Cressey, NBC Counter-terrorism Analyst & Former Presidential Advisor
9:45 – 10 a.m.
A Closer Look at Consumer Behavior and Illegal Streaming
It comes as no surprise that the world’s most popular sports are also the most frequently pirated. But a closer analysis of consumer behavior reveals the interconnected nature of illegal consumption that extends to other sports and premium content. Understanding these trends will help inform the anti-piracy strategy of rights holders, broadcasters, and OTT platform owners.
Justin Caple, Vice President of Sales and Accounts, Americas, Synamedia
10 – 10:30 a.m.
Building Leadership Across Our Technology Communities
What makes leadership an important area to invest in from a team building perspective? How can we strengthen our network of business partners by including a professional development initiative across your business units. This session discusses the critical connectivity between leadership, management and business decisions being driven in any sized organization.
Richard Atkinson, Executive Board Member & Treasurer, CDSA
James Dunkelberger, Senior Director, Product Release & Security Services, Microsoft and Chairman Emeritus, CDSA
10:30 – 11 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Multi-track Technology Showcases)
Subject matter experts share innovative ideas, processes, and perspectives in an interactive and intimate way. The virtual audience are free to choose which topic/area they find most interesting. Sessions address key areas or themes on three separate tracks.

TRACK 1: Rendez.Vu – Main Hall (In-Person at Luxe Sunset Blvd. Hotel)
TRACK 2: Rendez.Vu – Library
TRACK 3: Rendez.Vu – Board Room
12:45 – 1 p.m.
1 – 1:30 p.m.
LUNCHEON KEYNOTE: Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Resiliency in a Post-COVID World
Our Keynote speaker brings decades of experience, in both public and private sector risk management and mitigation, to our CDSA forum in Los Angeles. While we all endure the ongoing impact of the global pandemic, she reminds us that hurricanes will continue to touch down on land, terrorists will adapt to new security measures, and hackers will always find a new way to get at your personal or corporate information. As a Harvard Faculty Member, Juliette teaches evolving risk management and resiliency strategies across many organizations and disciplines. Her “Five Investments in a Resilient System,” provides unique and practical lessons for our industry. From the frontlines as a mother of three and a homeland security expert, she’s here to discuss the importance of preparedness, private and public sector capabilities, and resiliency. She’ll inspire us to understand, in this thought-provoking Keynote presentation, that we will always be vulnerable, but there is so much we can still do to lower our risks.
Juliette Kayyem Expert/Analyst/Author
1:30 – 1:45 p.m.
1:45 – 2:15 p.m.
The Bad Guys Are Everywhere – A Threat Assessment for 2021
2021 has not exactly been a dream for identifying (and stopping) threat actors. We find ourselves at a difficult crossroads: businesses are mandated to manage the evolving risks and rewards of a hybrid work environment. For malicious and increasingly sophisticated digital criminals, this new and liquid dynamic fuels their search for vulnerabilities at hyperdrive speed. From common compromise vectors to new and frightening hacks at the uppermost levels of our infrastructure, digital aggressors are always finding new methodologies with which to escape IT notice and exploit emerging weaknesses. This session shares the latest strategies in technological analysis, detection and defense measures to keep your business ahead of the intruders.
Moderator: Richard Atkinson, Executive Board Member & Treasurer, CDSA
Nathan Fisher, Managing Director, StoneTurn
Dan Meacham, Vice President, Global Security and Corporate Operations, and Chief Information Security Officer, Legendary Entertainment
Chris Taylor, Director, ME-ISAC and Director, Content Security, Skydance
2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Deep Dive: Adopting Zero Trust – Where to Start
What can you trust? If you are following a strict zero trust philosophy, the answer is nothing and no one. This session will discuss the principles that underlie the zero trust philosophy, how it has evolved to become a top concern for organizations today as well as some specific guidance as to where to start to begin reducing risk. IBM Security has helped hundreds of organizations with any or all parts of this journey, so please join this deep-dive to hear what we have learned from those experiences, and where we think you should start.
Alden Hutchison, Partner, IBM Security
2:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Driving the Future of Security in M&E
CDSA has worked closely with our membership by building community and a forum where content protection, content security and information security come together. We find these “common solutions to common problems” approach through our working groups, committees, media and events will continue to help build a more secure, global supply chain. This session brings together the Chairs of the various initiatives to highlight the focus and effectiveness of these volunteer driven groups within CDSA. You’ll also hear their invitation and how to come participate!
Moderator: Guy Finley, President, MESA
Cyril Abdi, Director, Sensitive Information Protection, The Walt Disney Company
Todd Burke, Principal Solutions Consultant, Adobe
Cody Lassiter, Director, Content Protection, Brand Enforcement & Anti-Piracy, Legendary
Micah Littleton, Vice President, Global Content Security, Technicolor
Filip Paun, Senior Security Architect, Netflix
3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
A Preventative and Tactical Approach to Fighting Piracy
The piracy threat landscape has evolved with the rising demand for subscription and ad-supported VOD services. High-quality pirated content will continue to impact near-term and long-tail revenue if not addressed. That’s why it’s crucial to take a three-pronged approach to fighting piracy by protecting the service and addressing the root cause of piracy; detecting and stopping credential sharing and fraud abuse; and adopting a tactical approach to piracy disruption and monitoring activities. This session shares Synamedia’s product strategy that is designed to solve these challenges and preserve revenue.
Janice Pearson, Director of Business Development, Synamedia
3:45 – 4:15p.m.
4:15 – 4:30 p.m.
How to not be a Victim of RansomWare in Hollywood
M&E businesses get attacked more often than any other industry, even more than DC. What are some best practices to secure your data and content? What solutions should you put in place to help prevent making your studio or network a sitting duck? Ransomware isn’t going away and it’s not going slow down, so join this session for some tips and tricks on how not to be a victim.
Jason S. Hamilton, CISSP, Managing Director, Cybersecurity Services, Richey May Technology Solutions
4:30 – 5 p.m.
Piracy in a Post-Pandemic World
Over the past 18 months, opportunities have skyrocketed for pirates. New piracy models emerged, even ‘piracy as a service.’ And counter to the conventional wisdom that credential fraud and illegal streaming apps tell the whole story, piracy takes many other forms as well. But it’s also increasingly apparent that fighting piracy has an ROI and is not just another expense. Measuring the frequency, locations, sources, destinations, and avenues of piracy has enabled video providers, advertisers and distributors to go on the offensive and put up barriers against it. This session provides a situation analysis of piracy and anti-piracy, examines the power of community in winning the fight, and looks at trends as we turn the page into the coming year.
Steven Hawley, Founder and Managing Director, Piracy Monitor
5 – 5:30 p.m.
It’s a Wrap! What’s Next for CDSA’s Community?
A look back at what we’ve discussed an today’s agenda from the view of our association’s leadership. And, more importantly, how our community’s engagement across physical and digital security will synthesize into the workflows and innovative tools required for tomorrow’s next content creation paradigm. This session discusses how the most mission-critical elements of the ecosystem need the “glue” of a strong technology/security community across our industry.
Richard Atkinson, Executive Board Member & Treasurer, CDSA
Guy Finley, President, MESA
Nick Matlach, Director, Global Security Compliance, Hasbro and Vice President, CDSA

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