While there are a plethora of website and video applications that enter the market offering various artifice streaming capabilities like video streaming to mobile devices, video blogging, streaming content from the comfort of your home, securing the data and connections being used to offer streaming capability has become more and more important. Securing video streaming can be done in many ways, for example, securing the connection between the client and the host video application over encrypted means using hyper text transfer protocol secure(https), or by using token based authentication where by tokens are created and used to accept users after verification using password and username, or by offering encrypted video streaming , which means, the content is stored on encrypted storage, and the media itself is encrypted using encryption standard (RSA, AES etc) .The content is stored on cloud based encrypted servers and encrypted content is decrypted on the fly while being streamed to the clients home network, computer or mobile device. There exist other ways by which security of streamed media exist, like protect content using a software based approach called DRM and other novel ways of video streaming security such as DW which stands for dynamic watermarking. DW simply involves inserting an identifier which is unique to the uploader in the video content to help thwart piracy. It should be noted however that dynamic water-marking does not prvent piracy, but it does help to the up-loader’s work to be readily identifiable no matter where the content is posted or played. This helps in piracy prevention, because when piracy occurs, there is always lost revenue and sometimes ownership disputes at time arises and with this pain staking legal battles can ensue and court cost can be astronomical. We have spoken in great detail about how to protect against piracy and prevention of intrusion detection in previous articles.
There are many ways in which streaming video video can prove useful, no longer will it be just used for pure entertainment purposes, but areas in the work place for example can make frequent and purposeful uses of this method of disseminating information. Ofcourse a more secure method has to be used in organizations, as sensitive content will be streamed, so encrypted video streaming would be more ideal in this situation. An example for this would be Microsoft integrating video capabilities into office 365 product and although will have certain charateristics of user content video streaming, such as services like rsaplay, youtube and google, it will be confined to intra-house content only, meaning it will be only available within a organizations intranet, and available to whomever the IT administrator grants access within the company. The best feature about this is the video infrastructure will all be cloud based, which means the organization doesn’t have to shell out more money for infrastructure to adapt or incorporate this feature in their workplace, because everything will be in the cloud .After the video content is uploaded, the video will be transcoded by microsoft which will enable it to be streamed on demand using Azure Media Services and from there employees will be able to watch from their work computer or mobile devices connected to the company wireless network