Securing Streaming Video
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Streaming video content protection is both unorganized and sometimes not a top priority for companies who are distributing streaming video. There needs to be a clear picture of the available technologies and solutions to combat various attack vectors that can compromise streaming video security as well as a framework to help govern the business strategy related to implementing a sustainable security approach to protect high-value streaming assets.
Video piracy is on the rise. In order to curb the increase in theft of video assets, every participant in the streaming video delivery chain needs to secure the content from ingest to delivery to subscribers’ end devices. When content is not secured end-to-end, video pirates will find the weakest link to obtain content and re-distribute illegally. And as video streaming consumption continues to grow, new providers, such as OTT platforms, will join the market necessitating everyone is securing their content and delivery systems as comprehensively as possible so the industry itself isn’t contributing to the problem.
Goals and Objectives
This project has the following objectives and goals:
- Provide a baseline understanding of streaming video architecture.
- Provide an explanation of different video delivery components and content protection options.
- Provide an overall description of the current video piracy landscape.
- Explain the importance of securing streaming video.
This paper PROVIDES:
- A high-level overview of current video piracy issues.
- An overview of streaming video workflow from ingest to delivery and architecture.
- Descriptions of, and references to, available technologies, tools, and solutions which address piracy and video asset security.
- A list of best practices to secure content and content delivery.
- In-depth analysis of the available technologies, tools, and solutions
- A prescription or mandate to use a certain solution to address a specific aspect of streaming video security.
- Kei Foo (Charter)
- Glenn Deen (Comcast/NBCUniversal)
- Andy Lucas (Comcast/NBCUniversal)
- Mike Wilkinson (Comcast/NBCUniversal)
- Nicol So (Commscope)
- Alain Durand (Content Armor)
- Rodrigo Fernandes (Irdeto)
- Laurence Low (Irdeto)
- Juan Martinez (Irdeto)
- Laurent Piron (Nagra)
- Matt Tooley (NCTA)
- Arthur Cuyugan (Paramount Pictures)
- Avi Wachtfogel (Synamedia)
The following references can help project participants gain a better understanding of streaming video and streaming video piracy:
- Global Innovation Policy Center Digital Video Piracy
- IETF RFC 8216 HTTP Live Streaming
- ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management
- Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework
- MovieLabs Specification for Enhanced Content Protection (ECP)
- ONVIF Standardization of communication between IP-based physical security products (see profiles S and T)
- OWASP The Free and Open software security community
- Sandvine Video Piracy Report
- Streaming Video Alliance Technical Publication: Forensic Watermarking Implementation Considerations for Streaming Media