• MovieLabs unveils security whitepaper
  • Sets out security principles for cloud production
  • Whitepaper uses cybersecurity dictum of “security by design”

Motion Pictures Laboratories, Inc. (MovieLabs) has published a whitepaper that lays out security principles for the future of production in the cloud.

Movielabs security whitepaper

Movielabs has launched a new security whitepaper

The paper, titled “The Evolution of Production Security - Securing the 10-Year Vision for the Evolution of Media Creation” sets out the Hollywood studios group’s principles for production where all assets will be stored in the cloud and all processing of those assets will run in the cloud.

This new white paper a companion to the MovieLabs paper published in August titled “Evolution of Media Creation” which laid out a vision for the state of filmmaking ten years in the future, with a call to action for the industry to collaborate on realizing the deep potential of cloud production.

MovieLabs is a not-for-profit technology research lab jointly run by Paramount Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures and Television and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

The security whitepaper, which uses the cybersecurity industry’s dictum of ‘security by design’, is part of MovieLabs’ efforts to drive the studios towards a cloud-enabled future with dynamic workflows defined by software.

The six primary security principles:

  1. Security is intrinsic to every component of every workflow and does not inhibit the creative process.
  2. The security architecture addresses requirements specific to cloud-based workflows.
  3. Production workflows, processes and assets are kept secure even on untrusted infrastructure.
  4. Content owners control security and workflow integrity.
  5. Security can be scaled to appropriate levels and can integrate with existing security policy and management systems.
  6. The security architecture limits the spread of any breach and adapts to the evolving threat and response landscape.

Rich Berger

Richard Berger: MovieLabs CEO 

Richard Berger, CEO at MovieLabs, said: “When we published the ‘Evolution of Media Production’ paper in the summer, we wanted to catalyse an industry dialog and fuel innovation. The response has been amazing, and we are engaging with a large community of like-minded companies that support this vision.

“While our first white paper touched on security, we realised the need to release a companion white paper that “double-clicks“ on it to further articulate the new approach required to secure cloud-native workflows. Our goal is to help guide the industry to a shared security architecture that provides the underlying protection for future media assets and the future workflows that produce them.”

During a recent interview with IBC365, Berger said that due to the rapidly changing nature of technology in the industry, it is “really important” than studios work together to develop a set of principles.

“There’s the move to the cloud, the real time engines, and what the studios are doing independently. We’re looking at how we can accelerate that by working together with a common technology agenda.”