P.W. Singer at CPS: Cyber Security is for Everyone

During his keynote presentation at the sixth annual Content Protection Summit (CPS) Dec. 2, futurist Peter Singer offered a mostly lighthearted look at the future of technology.

He argued how the pace of technological innovation is maybe more important to consider than technology itself; pointed to how the Internet of Things has became an opportunity for every corner of business; and shared how fiction has repeatedly foretold reality, using a series of “Star Wars” analogies, showing what’s become reality today from the original film.

But when it came time to talk about cyber security and the challenges facing the media and entertainment space today, Singer’s message became a lot less light-hearted.

Every single second of every day, nine pieces of malware are being discovered he said. Hackers today aren’t just individuals sitting in basements, but highly organized, well-funded, transnational groups, he argued. He pointed to research showing that of the companies listed in the Fortune 500, 97% have admitted they’ve encountered a cyber security breach. “The other 3% have as well, they just won’t admit it,” Singer said.

But he also sees good things happening in the cyber security space: more and more, top-level executives are making decisions on cyber security issues, taking seriously something that used to be relegated to just the computer experts.

“We have to stop treating this as an issue just for the IT crowd,” he said. “Cyber security is for us all.”

Recently described by the Wall Street Journal as “one of Washington’s pre-eminent futurists,” Singer is a consultant for groups that range from the US military to Hollywood whose recent novel Ghost Fleet (ghostfleetbook.com) blends the style of a techno thriller with nonfiction style research, leading to a learning experience that is “a wild book, a real page turner” (The Economist) and “a modern-day successor to tomes such as The Hunt For Red October from the late Tom Clancy” (USA Today). Since its publication last June, Singer has been invited to brief lessons from the book to groups that range from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to Congress and CEO summits.

A Strategist and Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, Singer is considered one of the world’s leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare. He has consulted for the US Military, Defense Intelligence Agency, and FBI, as well as advised a range of entertainment programs, including Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, Universal, HBO, Discovery, History Channel, and the videogame series Call of Duty – the best-selling entertainment project in history. He has also recently authored the book, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, which explores the key questions we all face in the cyber age (how it all works, why it all matters, and what we can do?). The book was described by the Chairman of Google as “an essential read” and by the former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO as “the most approachable and readable book ever written on the cyber world.”

Prior to his current position, Dr. Singer was the founding Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution. He was the youngest scholar named Senior Fellow in Brookings’ 98-year history.

The annual Content Protection Summit is the entertainment industry’s official gathering point for content protection/security executives; Singer joined the keynote speaker stage with Brian McNelis, known for his work as the music supervisor on Drive (2011), The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Crank (2006) and Napoleon Dynamite (2004); and former SpaceX CIO Branden Spikes, who is founder and CEO of Spikes Security. The day-long conference featured security experts and thought leaders from Adobe, MPAA, NBCUniversal, 20th Century Fox, Turner Broadcasting, Andreseen Horowitz, Legendary Pictures, Sony Pictures, Google, Warner Bros., and New Regency.

Technology in Defense of IP:

What’s New, What’s Disruptive, What’s Going to Change the Game?

It’s not only Hollywood’s content that is under attack. All forms of intellectual property are fair game in today’s insecure, networked media landscape. However, movies and television are particularly large targets for hackers who are out for a prank, a political statement or profit. And, unfortunately, when it comes to developing defensive strategies, the studios — out of necessity — lead the way.

That’s why content holders from all categories will again be attending the 6th Annual Content Protection Summit on December 2, 2015 at the Marina del Rey Marriott; it’s a must-attend event for everyone eager to team up and talk about the technologies that are creating a new line of defense for intellectual property in today’s global environment of content piracy and cyber-attack.

The 2015 Summit is once again the entertainment industry’s official gathering point for content protection/security executives; and this year we’re co-locating on the west side with the Cloud Security Alliance (SoCal) Summit the following day, giving you two days of information and two good reasons to clear your calendar (or come to LA) in early December.

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll learn:

  • KEYNOTE: IP Security – The Creative Perspective
  • The Move To Digital Pre-Release Screeners — DVD R.I.P.
  • The Global State of Information Security
  • An Innovator’s Perspective on Security and Content Protection
  • KEYNOTE: NextWar – The Sci-Fi and Reality of Future Tech and Geopolitics
  • Vulnerability Scanning / Penetration Testing
  • Best Practices In Sending & Receiving Content
  • Breakthroughs In Watermarking
  • It’s Not “If” But “When” You’ll Get Hacked: Secrets to Building An Incident Response Team
  • KEYNOTE: Isolating Pre-Release Content from the Web
  • Data Loss: Causes, Impact and Prevention
  • Production In The Cloud
  • Production Security Compliance: Thinking “Inside The Box”
  • Would you rather be Red and Blue, or Black and Blue?
  • CPS Innovation and Technology Showcases
    • Trust No One…Get Nowhere
    • The Future of Watermarking
    • Cover Your Assets in the Cloud
    • Surveying the Online Threat Landscape: It’s not Fear Mongering if it’s True
    • Entertainment Supply Chain Security
    • Maintaining Encryption At-Rest Throughout the Workflow

The conference program is developed in cooperation with a board of industry experts from the Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA) including: Richard Atkinson, Corporate Director, Global Piracy-Conversion Team, Adobe and Chairman, CDSA; James Dunkelberger, General Manager, Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations, Microsoft; Ben Stanbury, Senior Manager, Content & IP Protection, The Walt Disney Studios; and Joel Bigley, Senior Vice President Worldwide Operations & Business Execution Deluxe Digital Studios.

For detailed session descriptions click here

To register for the 2015 Content Protection Summit, click here.

For more information, please contact:

Garrett Randall
Director of Member Services, MESA
p: (310) 882-9204

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