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Anti-Piracy

Anti-Piracy Test and Monitoring Services

Piracy, in our multi-networked, multi-platform, digitalized world, is increasingly complex. To combat piracy, you need access to a broad set of expertise as well as sophisticated tools and analytics.
Cartesian provides expert support to identify risks, evaluate threats, and develop effective anti-piracy strategies. We assist studios and the entire media value chain with all security-related aspects of protecting content and transactions.

How we help

At Cartesian, we have all the necessary skills, tools, and experience to help tackle piracy.

Threat Monitoring

Using a combination of cloud-based search and monitoring tools, and expertise from our Security Analysts, we build and maintain a Threat Model for each of our clients. This seeks to identify threats:

  • For the operator platform and consumer services
  • For third party platforms distributing your content
  • For the underlying technologies (e.g. CAS/DRM system, selected chipsets, other devices by the same manufacturers, …).

Behavioral Monitoring

Our behavioral monitoring uses a powerful log analysis engine to trawl through usage data from consumer devices and head-end systems and detect anomalies, inconsistencies, and indicators of security/fraud issues. Rules and alerts are tailored to your data, and support both threshold-based and trend-based alarms, depending on your requirements.

Forensic Analysis

Cartesian’s team provides the expertise you need to respond to new threats as they emerge. We analyze each threat in detail and provide advice on your response.

Revenue Assurance and Anti-Piracy ROI

Are you losing revenue from content piracy? We help you assess the scale of your loss and specify means to define the Return on Investment for your business the moment you decide to engage in anti-piracy activities.

Password Sharing Analysis

Are your consumers sharing passwords against the terms and conditions of your service? We identify the scale of this issue, pinpoint problematic accounts, and help you structure a response.

Geo-Filtering Testing

VPNs are used to spoof locations for fraudulent purposes such as cyber-attacks or stealing content, ensuring geo-blocking is in place and working as expected can reduce piracy and cyber risk. Stopping pirates and hackers from accessing sites through the use of VPNs is the first line of defense. We test geo-blocking/filtering/location solutions to determine whether successful identification and blocking of VPN services and other circumvention mechanisms occur.

Anti-Piracy: Our Approach to Targeting Piracy

Backed by our comprehensive and test and monitoring services, Cartesian’s approach to anti-piracy is a three-step process:

Your Piracy Landscape

Building an effective anti-piracy strategy starts with facing a fear of the unknown. Combining security expertise and a deep knowledge and experience of the content world, Cartesian analysts work with our clients to define a Threat Model. The Threat Model is designed to help our clients understand the range of risks they face and their potential scale. We carry out independent analysis using specialist tools to monitor how your content and data behave and how it propagates to and from online ecosystems in order to determine effective measures to better control access to your content. Defining your piracy landscape means identifying the:

  • Potential scale of illegal redistribution of your content
  • Primary piracy sources across Surface, Deep and Dark Web
  • Reasons your content is subject to piracy

A Targeted Anti-Piracy Strategy

Working closely with our clients to continually evolve the Threat Model, Cartesian defines actions to mitigate the threats to your business. This is achieved through a risk and impact assessment, based on industry best practices, of each threat along with recommended solutions to put in place. Where required, we help our clients through the process of selecting applicable technologies and solution vendors, maintaining our neutral position at all times. Our experience in the industry enables us to advise on what the popular strategies are and which ones really work. The goal of an anti-piracy strategy is to define how to adapt your business and operational processes to address the piracy threats you face. This is achieved by implementing:

  • Security governance based on business priorities
  • Cost-effective technical solutions to monitor threats
  • Processes to continue evolving the threat model, adapting it to technological innovations

Effective Enforcement

Executing an anti-piracy enforcement strategy effectively is a challenge. Once threats and risks have been identified, and a strategy has been defined, the job of enforcement begins. Doing this effectively often means collaborating with relevant third parties across industry verticals, tracking data and manually verifying risks. Detailed analysis, regular reporting and targeted actions are key to being successful in the fight against piracy. Effective enforcement means:

  • Establishing a feedback loop
  • Reacting appropriately and adequately
  • Ensuring the right resources and partners are available

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