Network Security for Broadcast Media Streaming
Keyur Parikh and Junius Kim
IP Networks have become ubiquitous as broadcasters are not only using them for managing their equipment, but also increasingly using them for transporting broadcast media for contribution and distribution. IP Networks provide clear benefits in both cost and flexibility.
However, the TCP/IP protocol suite also opens up security risks that can destabilize the system's operations and impact real-time media services. In this paper, we will describe methods used to create security risks on a streaming platform such as: Denial-of-Service attacks, compromise of the management plane, eavesdropping and hijacking of media streams. We will then describe various counter measures that can be implemented to mitigate these risks in the form of operational practices and integrated security features within the streaming platform.
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