MESA – CDSA: Cyber warfare is a threat; understanding motive helps

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An article by the Content Delivery & Security Association community of MESA, the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance characterizes cyber warfare as being more far-reaching than cybercrime.

Saying that cyber warfare is “rightly classified as war because it often includes the full resources of nation-states… foreign aggressors who have spent decades trying to break down and dominate their enemies and want to capitalize on whatever they can, whether that is new technologies, a crisis or vulnerabilities.”

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It’s not just about technology

To combat the situation, CDSA urges the Media & Entertainment industry to reconsider the ways that it defends its assets, including:

  • Assume that criminals have already penetrated your defenses
  • Monitor outgoing network traffic, as well as incoming, to monitor threats in realtime
  • Make cybercrime detection more accurate by reducing false-positives

Read the full article via MESA / CDSA

It’s not just about technology

In a MESA interview with an executive of cybersecurity firm X Cyber Group, a company founded by former UK government intelligence officers.  X Cyber Group approaches the online protection of clients’ data, brands and reputations by understanding the motives behind attacks; the “why” behind why attacks take place is just as important as stopping them.

Read MESA’s interview

Why it matters

CDSA has long championed awareness of cyber threats.  Its 2019 CDSA Content Protection Summit opened with a presentation by the US Department of Homeland Security titled “Is Media and Entertainment Critical Infrastructure,” which took the position that M&E is just as critical to American life as electricity and running water.

Increased emphasis on cybersecurity is important.  According to CDSA, several large studios and streaming companies have fallen victim to this type of attack where episodes, scripts, and more were stolen, with a threat to have them leaked until the organization paid a fee to have their assets returned.

Criminals also target sensitive documents of sports organizations, including trading and recruiting plans. These nation-state actors can also cause massive disruption with the information and assets they access.

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