Thursday, June 23, 2011

Protecting TV Video Content that is Viewed on Multiple Types of Consumer Electronic – CE Devices

The ability for consumers to watch video on multiple types of devices that are not owned or directly controlled by the content provider or distributor requires multiple types of security processes. Tom van Gorder from Arxan explained to me at the IPTV World show that effectively protecting access to content on CE devices (white boxes) is critical for getting licenses that allow broadcasters to deliver popular content. TV video content security systems should be able to control access, protect content, and detect attempts to defeat the security systems.
Arxan has gained significant experience in software security by adding protection processes (hardening) to software applications in late 1990s. These security enhancements were critical to the success of the network gaming industry which is a multi-billion dollar industry. It is full of highly skilled and motivated hackers.
To protect software and services, Arxan has developed ways to secure rights management, protection content from copying and alteration, and tamper resistant systems. Some of the key capabilities include using static and dynamic keys, multiple encryption algorithms such as AES, RSA, and ECC, proven security standards (OMA, DRM, DTCP-IP and WMDRM), watermarking, tamper detection capabilities (breach management), and rapid patch distribution to its software. Many of these processes can be used to help protect television content that is delivered to CE devices such as gaming consoles, multimedia computers, and mobile devices.

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