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Michelle Clancy

Secure Channels is developing its own entertainment security operations center (ESOC), for what it’s billing as the world’s first centralised hub for the secure management of entertainment industry content.

Functioning as a company subsidiary, ESOC will provide member clients with an automated architecture that provides a seamless safe and secure environment for the accessing and sharing of valuable entertainment-related, work-in-process content that leverages SCI’s content security technologies. Deirdre Murphy, chief brand officer of SCI, will run business operations.

The ESOC implementation is the result of a partnership with successful Hollywood movie producer, Shaun Redick, a stakeholder in ESOC and vital consultant to the division. Redick executive-produced GET OUT, released by Universal Studios, the most profitable film as well as the best reviewed (99% fresh on RottenTomatoes.com) of 2017.

“We created this ESOC security platform in collaboration with Shaun to prevent damaging hacks such as the Sony and HBO breaches,” said Richard Blech, CEO of SCI. “By leveraging our proven array of full-spectrum, data security solutions and provide entertainment clients with a secure, centralised hub for easily managing content, emails and film in an automated and permissions-based secure environment.”

The ESOC is located in Los Angeles. By deploying patented encryption solutions above traditional certified single algorithms, ESOC will provide entertainment clients with data security along with stringent access control as well as a multitude of digital rights management (DRM) solutions. The primary goal of creating ESOC is to completely and securely control the content chain of custody, which includes all data, files and emails that occur within Hollywood productions.

A content producer such as a large studio might have its own internal security protections, but often lose control of content when films, TV content and scripts are sent out to third parties. Within ESOC’s exclusive membership model, every company or person that will access sensitive content must become a member of ESOC through a diligent identification process and can handle content only within that secure environment.

“I intimately understand Hollywood and the production cycle required for developing intellectual properties for the big screen as well as television, and know first-hand that the industry’s content is not managed securely,” said Redick. “I’m thrilled to be a stakeholder with ESOC and to lend my experience and knowledge regarding the gaps in security and the important business drivers for studios, networks, production companies and post-production houses. ESOC is about not only the improvement of technology and security, but also the implementation. We aren’t asking Hollywood to change how it works, we’re providing all of the players with a secure framework to protect content investments, and their files and emails.”

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