Ben Forsyth

Ben  Forsyth

Ben Forsyth

About Ben

James leads engineering and operations for IBM Aspera, the high-speed file transfer technology that delivers rich collaboration, delivery, automation, monitoring, and advanced infrastructure administration capabilities to the world's largest content producers. His technical expertise includes scalable microservice-based systems, network and content security, hybrid-cloud architecture, systems engineering, networking, and continuous delivery. He regularly speaks to the media and entertainment industry on the topics of advanced content security strategies and cloud migration. Recently, James has focused his energies on the delivery of Aspera capabilities on the OpenShift platform. Outside of work, he enjoys mentoring youth in pursuing STEM careers and collecting vintage computers.

Securing content in a new age of distributed workflows

The media industry has changed rapidly, and organizations have been forced to create distributed content supply chains. With creatives moving out of the studio and working remotely from home, this new way of working has opened the door to potentially costly security issues. In addition, as broadband access becomes predominant in more markets and pirates continue their efforts to steal and share high-quality content, content owners must combat the risk of content leaking via their distribution networks. As a result, many media companies are looking to secure their exchange of content and investigating whether it makes sense to seek external support rather than try to stay on top of security issues by themselves. James Wilson, Head of Aspera Engineering & Operations at IBM, will explore the latest cloud security technology innovations that can help media organizations adapt to new, secure ways of working now and in the future—including forensic watermarking-as-a-service, key management integration and BYOK (bring your own key), and integrated encryption. James will also discuss the importance of cloud-native strategies for remote workflows and how container-based Kubernetes environments will enable media organizations to manage and secure their infrastructure and workflows consistently across applications, as well as quickly scale their workflows with ultra-high availability to meet tight deadlines. Finally, James will examine cultural aspects of a distributed workflow that are a key factor in protecting content. Security issues can be caused by ineffective internal compliance processes that are difficult to maintain and implement, such as the practice of staff writing down and sharing passwords as they try to complete tasks as quickly as possible. In many media organizations, it’s often this “people” aspect that causes security to break down, and this must be addressed in tandem with implementing new cloud security and cloud-native technologies.


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