- Alexander Schaefer
Enterprise video streaming experienced a significant boom in the first half of this year. Although video has been part of most companies’ communications before, live streaming and secure video conferencing wasn’t integrated into the employees’ daily routine as much as it is today. Now enterprise video streaming is used frequently every day – be it for digital events, internal company meetings, or live webcasts for customers and partners.
However, this digital shift hit most companies by surprise, meaning they rearranged their ways of working and implemented new tools and software in haste. By acting hastily in extreme situations, some standard concerns – like secure video conferencing – were suddenly abandoned. An example of this is the rapid rise of the video platform Zoom (now having more than 300 million daily meeting participants). Shortly after it’s gain in popularity, some significant security gaps were identified. This resulted in Zoom being banned from several organizations, public authorities, and school boards.
Despite these security concerns, the video platform still remains one of the most popular video collaboration platforms. That is probably the case because of its simple, user-friendly interface and its ability to work for private and business applications. This benefit in user behavior apparently outweighs the security questions. But especially for larger companies, who are dealing with highly confidential data, secure video conferencing should be a major concern. Therefore, what I’m asking myself is:
Does it always have to be security OR simplicity? Cloud OR data protection?
This blog post will give you an introduction into which security features you should look for regarding secure video streaming, and if there is a way to combine security and easy-to-use solutions.
1. End-to-end encryption
End-to-end encryption describes a way of communication where only the communicating participants can read the messages. In principle, it prevents third parties to access the cryptographic keys needed to decrypt the conversation. End-to-end encryption is intended to prevent data being read or secretly modified, other than by the true sender and recipient(s). In terms of video streaming, this is especially important when you host corporate meetings with confidential data being shared.
2. Option to deploy on-premise/private cloud or via public cloud
Most new software solutions follow a cloud-based approach, selling the benefits of easy set-up, accessibility from everywhere, and cost-efficiency. Despite these advantages, there are things to consider before going 100% cloud: Your private and business data will be hosted on a third-party server. This is why some organizations prefer an on-premise installation within their own network. Whatever is best for your business, it feels good to be able to choose between both deployments. Nobody should be forced to work in the cloud.
3. Digital signatures
A digital signature is used to verify the authenticity of digital messages or documents. A valid digital signature lets the recipient believe that the message was created by a known sender (authentication) and that it is not manipulated. This security feature is especially important when content is being shared by multiple users. StriveCast offers secure P2P streaming as it uses digital signatures to protect content from manipulation by other peers.
4. Location of the hosted server
At first sight, you might think that the location of the company is not of importance, considering that we are living in a globally connected world. However, you should keep in mind that states and countries do have different data protection laws and policies, that need to be in line with your company’s security standards and requirements. Do also look at the ownership of the datacenter, not just the location.
5. GDPR & DRM compliance
When you are doing business in the EU, you need to fulfill the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It is the most stringent privacy and security law in the world. Though it was drafted and passed by the European Union (EU), it imposes obligations onto organizations anywhere, so long as they target or collect data related to people in the EU.
In order to fulfill all our customers’ needs and security requirements, StriveCast partners with several enterprise video platform providers around the globe, to ensure that save and secure streaming is available for everyone.
One of our Enterprise Video partners in Europe is xtendx, an enterprise video platform provider based in Switzerland. Xtendx offers a highly flexible and secure platform for webcasting and enterprise video solutions. It can be hosted via cloud or on-premise. Therefore, it is highly trusted by companies with high-security standards and requirements, that handle very sensitive data: Those include financial companies, insurances, and the public sector.
StriveCast is a leading technology provider for eCDN solutions. Our WebRTC-based P2P mesh network is used by large companies like Swisscom, Siemens, Gazprom, and NEP group to solve the problem of network congestion during live events. Based in Germany, we are constantly improving and adapting our cutting-edge P2P technology in order to provide the next generation of enterprise video delivery. Today, StriveCast connects over 150,000 users worldwide on a daily basis, saving customers up to 95% of CDN traffic with a unique server-side-managed Peer-To-Peer network.