Cybersecurity: Turning Necessity into Business Opportunity
Operators are transitioning their business models from narrow consumer cases of providing broadband, video, and voice to operating as comprehensive media and technology entities. In addition, operators are expanding their definition of security from preventing content piracy to securing big data streams and protecting consumer privacy.
As critical players in the future of the connected home, operators have the opportunity to be leaders in a data-driven economy, while setting an example to be good stewards of consumers’ personal data.
The purpose of this whitepaper is to provide an overview of current content security systems and to understand the pain points in the transition from content security to big data security, with an emphasis on real-time threat detection using machine learning. The whitepaper also identifies emerging business opportunities for operators for which intelligent data security plays an integral role.
Today’s Security for Broadband and TV Service Operators
For television and broadband service operators, security has generally referred to securing content provided by programmers and content partners, with emphasis on preventing piracy and unauthorized access.
While content security has its origins in legacy conditional access systems (CAS), which evolved in the digital world to incorporate digital rights management (DRM), securing video content encompassed two main tactics:
- Managing access. Through use of CAS and DRM, TV operators tracked customer entitlements to access specific content and either allowed or disallowed the ability to watch the content.
- Preventing leaks. Signal piracy has existed in some form since the beginning of broadcasting. Leak prevention generally relied on signal scrambling or encryption so that, even if a malicious party intercepts the signal, the video stream would be unintelligible without the appropriate key to descramble or decrypt the signal.