Securing the Digital Video Production Workflow

Film in Hawaii. Production in LA. Send the footage over the Internet?

 A scary thought.

In the past, transmitting large video files over the Internet took too much time and introduced too much risk of intellectual property getting into the wrong hands. But with advancements in technology, is it still a scary thought?

Network and other technical limitations made it difficult to collaborate seamlessly over the Internet between content creation and production sites. But a new generation of digital video production technology, which will be demonstrated at Creatasphere's Entertainment Technology Expo in Burbank on November 7 and 8, is helping to break down barriers and enable a digital video workflow that can speed production and reduce costs.

Dell, a title sponsor along with partners, will present the industry’s first secure Digital Process Workflow Lab: a demo and guided tour of the lifecycle of a film asset, with each step demonstrated by professionals who will also be available to answer questions.

Security is key to the digital workflow. Establishing an Internet connection from a set to a production facility and sending content over the Internet without strong security can expose on-set and production computers to the risks of cyber threats. Malware can infect computers and damage content. Cyber pirates can access systems and steal assets on-site or in-transit.  

Firewalls have long played a role in the entertainment industry, protecting production servers and content libraries from access by unauthorized pirates. But techniques for attacking computer networks have evolved. New cyber-attack techniques and forms of malware can be embedded in network traffic. Legacy firewalls rely on inspecting protocols and addresses to control network traffic and therefore cannot identify hidden threats. To combat these new threats, real-time deep packet inspection is required to detect and prevent malware from entering the network, infecting computers and damaging or stealing intellectual property. Dell SonicWALL Next-Generation Firewalls provide industry-leading deep packet inspection that protects intellectual property from cyber threats without compromising network performance.

In addition to protecting content stored in on-set and production computers from cyber threats, it’s also critical to protect content from in-transit tampering. Establishing a secure Internet connection between the set and the production facility and encrypting network traffic is necessary to keep intellectual property secure in-transit. This can be accomplished by implementing a virtual private network (VPN) between the two sites via a firewall at each site, or by establishing a VPN session from a laptop or desktop that creates a secure connection to a VPN appliance or firewall at the production facility. Dell firewalls, in addition to providing industry-leading threat protection, also provide site-to-site IPSec VPN to secure content in-transit. Dell also offers secure remote access (SSL VPN) solutions to secure data sent from mobile devices and laptops to  production facilities, including Windows, Mac, iOS and Android client devices.

Interested in learning more? Join Dell, a title sponsor, and our partners at Creatasphere’s Entertainment Technology Expo and experience the industry’s first secure Digital Process Workflow Lab.

About the Author: Jane Wasson