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Digital content, including music, television, movies, documents, e-books, etc., has reached a state of pervasive presence in our lives. The protection of digital content against illegal activities, such as unauthorized access, copying, and redistribution, has become a critical goal for content producers, service providers, equipment manufacturers and other stakeholders. As a pioneer in security and cryptography research with considerable penetration testing experience as well as being a trusted technical consultant to information technology companies, Applied Communication Sciences has been conducting security assessments of digital content protection products for 10 years in various related technology areas. Particular areas of expertise include Digital Rights Management (DRM), Conditional Access Systems (CAS), and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), where digital content is consumed using one or more of the following device types: set-top boxes, TVs, personal desktop or laptop computers, smart-phones, tablets, SD cards, and flash drives.
Applied Communication Sciences (ACS), formerly Telcordia Advanced Technology Solutions, is recognized by the entertainment industry as an expert in providing Digital Content Protection security consulting services and our Service Offerings are aimed at satisfying Content Provider requirements for third party audits before products go to market and authorization is granted for the products to carry premium content. Often referred to as DRM audits, CAS audits, set-top box audits or more broadly “Hollywood Certification,” ACS offers both implementation-driven and design-driven security assessment services to satisfy the entertainment industry.
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Using a design-driven, multi-dimensional assessment methodology, ACS has exposed a wide number of security strengths, weaknesses and recommendations in hardware/software, implementation/design and system/technology features of assessed digital content protection products. Based on a paper description of the architecture and design choices in the customer’s digital content protection solutions, ACS performs a rigorous, high-level, and multi-dimensional solution analysis. Three analysis dimensions focus on:
Based on the implementation of a solution design and its integration into an end-user product such as a set-top box, or an iOS/Android application running on a mobile device, ACS employs a comprehensive implementation-driven penetration testing approach, aimed at exploiting weaknesses that may lead to the unauthorized acquisition, viewing, storage or redistribution of protected content. ACS’s implementation-driven, multi-dimensional assessment methodology focuses on:
Both assessment types aim to identify product strengths, weaknesses, and recommendations before it goes to market and authorization is granted for the products to carry premium content.
Applied Communication Sciences delivers advanced research, consulting and engineering to enable government agencies, utilities, telecom carriers and commercial enterprises, such as the entertainment industry, to fully exploit the future of information and communications technologies. Drawing on its Bell Labs heritage and its decade of experience in digital content protection, Applied Communication Sciences excels at solving the most difficult and complex information and communication technology problems.
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