Security in Enterprise Video Streaming: More Important than Ever
Security concerns are nothing new in enterprise workflows – protecting corporate information including client personal information, trade secrets and intellectual property, or financial performance, has always been a high-priority matter. And as technology continues to evolve and develop, the security measures taken need to adapt in order to stay ahead of threats. Let’s take a quick look at some of the security concerns facing businesses in their video streaming workflows.
New Technologies, New Threats
New technologies create opportunities, but also introduce risk. We saw how disruptive BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) was to IT departments, and managing personal devices continues to be an issue. Hybrid cloud technologies presented IT teams with other security concerns compared to on-premise workflows. Now, they are contending with the challenges posed by IoT-connected devices and the benefits and risks offered by A.I. – it can be leveraged for instance to detect threats or malware, but could also be used maliciously by hackers.
The Human Element of Digital Security
But even given all these potential technology risks, employees remain one of the biggest security challenges – either inadvertently due to hackers using sophisticated phishing attacks, and lax attention to confidential information on personal smartphones or even through malicious intent.
To minimize risk, many organizations, including government agencies, have strict guidelines that must be adhered to when implementing information systems. The Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG), which is a cybersecurity methodology for standardizing security protocols within their workflows, is an important example of an established set of guidelines. A well-implemented STIG can greatly enhance organizational security. The NIST 800-53 publication recommends security controls for federal information systems. The NIST guidelines help federal agencies build more security into the systems, from access control, auditing and accountability, media protection, incident response, and more.
Secure, Reliable, Communications
More specifically, when it comes to enterprise video platforms, other steps should be considered, especially for live video communications from the executive team to employees. For instance, is the video encrypted all the way through from origin to display? Streaming protocols that leverage AES encryption are important (like SRT), as they keep the content secure from unauthorized viewing. But what about when an authorized user has malicious intent? Techniques like watermarking help protect against screen recording software or smartphone video capture.
2018 was a year in which data breaches made headline news. Security experts often point out that there are two kinds of companies in the world, those that have been hacked, and those that have been hacked but don’t know it. In 2019 and beyond, enterprises will double down their efforts to protect their corporate information from security threats – no CIO wants their company’s name to be in the news due to a major security breach.
Make sure that your corporate video content remains secure, even when sharing live, high-quality events, like CEO all hands or town halls. Explore Haivision’s range of enterprise video streaming solutions, and find out how your organization can leverage tools to make sure that the right content is always shown to the right people – and that it is always in pristine quality.