Video has taken over the world of business communication. Internal meetings, live training sessions, virtual town hall, knowledge sharing video platform – these are just a few use cases that video presents in the world of business. Most if not all such business videos encompass confidential information, including trade secrets, personally identifiable information, intellectual property, etc. It will be a mistake on your part if you think of video as a harmless asset, leaving it unattended without strict security protocols in place. It is critical for businesses to opt for a secure video streaming platform that is able to fend off any potential cybersecurity threat against your videos.
“There are two types of companies: those that have been hacked, and those who don’t yet know they have been hacked.” ~John Chambers, Former Cisco CEO
In 2018, the average cost of cybercrime was a whopping US$13 million. According to Accenture State of Cybersecurity Report 2020, the increased risk of security breaches has led to a rising number of IT leaders investing in security-focused technological solutions. The only way to be protected is to evaluate the level of security you might require and equip your business with a secure video streaming platform. This article recommends 5 secure video streaming platforms catering to different levels of security needs and video requirements of businesses.
Top 5 Secure Video Streaming Platforms:
Here is a Gartner-recognized secure video streaming platform for businesses that prides itself on being an end-to-end solution for all enterprise video needs. VIDIZMO seamlessly provides live and on-demand video streaming that could either be restricted for internal viewing or securely shared with an external audience.
Create a YouTube-like video portal with SSO integration that provides authenticated access to relevant content based on the access controls you place. You can even have groups within these portals to segregate content or have multiple autonomous video portals. These portals can have entirely different branding with separate billing, independent security policies, and administrative controls.
The extensive security and data protection capabilities also enable you to meet all major compliance requirements. For that purpose, you have flexible deployment options in Azure, AWS, any other cloud of choice, on-premise, as a hybrid model or go for a simple SaaS application. Above all else, the AI-powered platform provides extensive platform-wide and in-video searchability, easy-to-read actionable video analytics reports and dashboards, a white-label branding portal with custom CSS, automatic transcoding and adaptive bitrate streaming capabilities.
Let us explore some critical benefits and drawbacks of VIDIZMO in terms of secure video streaming:
- SSO integration is available with all major directory services, IAM systems and third-party login services.
- SCIM support is available alongside SSO integration to automatically provision your users and groups into VIDIZMO and sync the platform with your company’s directory. Accordingly, users and groups will be updated automatically as you add, delete, update.
- Assign your team one of the six user roles with pre-defined permissions restricting the video actions they perform (like downloading). Or contact our support team for the creation of custom roles based on your unique requirements.
- Create user groups or separate video portals to segregate video content for different business units or different security levels.
- Private videos could either be accessible to the entire organization or restricted to specific users and groups.
- AES-256 bit encryption at rest is available to protect your content from any unauthorized source. Additionally, Key-Encryption Keys (KEK) is utilized to encrypt your Data-Encryption-Keys (DEK).
- SSL video streaming is supported through SSL/TLS encryption for content protection while your video is in transit. The content transmission is carried out via HTTPS protocol. This capability is critical to preventing threats like “man-in-the-middle” attacks.
- CDN support is available through Azure CDN or Amazon CloudFront with various data protection capabilities in place to mitigate cyber threats like distributed denial-of-service attacks.
- Digital Rights Protection (DRM) support for further content protection is available as an add-on.
- If you don’t want data to leave your internal network, opt for on-premise video streaming behind your firewall entirely managed by your IT personnel.
- Choose to host or store your videos in the region and cloud provider of your choice.
- Limited sharing capability utilizes URL tokenization to share password-protected videos with limited views and period of availability.
- Authenticated embedding of videos placed on any internal or external website or application.
- Have certain domains white-listed or place Domain, IP and Geo-restriction where required.
- Audit logs allow you to monitor when and which users carried out different actions on your video portal alongside their IP addresses.
- You can also simply password-protect your videos on the portal and block them from being downloaded.
- No SSL/TLS encrypted paywall available. You can opt for custom integration to benefit from this capability.
The multitudes of security features might seem a mouthful at first glance. However, you can pick and choose what you would like to utilize.
VIDIZMO is best known for security which is why there are barely any drawbacks to present. This is further corroborated by the multitudes of government customers VIDIZMO serves.
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This is a SaaS-based video platform that caters well to companies operating entertainment, broadcast and creative industries. External streaming is where the platform excels, and the proof is in its client list, which includes the likes of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The security is accordingly catered to with featured best designed for an OTT platform.
- SSO integration is available, supported only through SAML 2.0 protocol.
- Maintain audit logs to monitor user activity
- Geo-filter to restrict video playback to certain locations. You can also whitelist certain domains and IP addresses.
- DRM plugin is also available for content protection.
- TLS 1.2 and HLS encryption (aligns with AES 128 standard) encryption is available.
- URL tokenization allows you to set an expiry date for a video. You cannot password-protect these videos.
- Weak in terms of role-based access controls; only two default roles available and no option for creation of custom roles.
- Cannot create user groups or multiple autonomous video portals to segregate content with different security policies.
- Not possible to password-protect videos.
- Only ready-made SaaS application available.
- Not possible to deploy and stream content on-premise
- Cannot deploy on Azure, AWS or any other secure private cloud
IBM started its journey in the video world after its acquisition of Ustream, a live video streaming platform, in January 2016. The platform proceeded to be rebranded as IBM Cloud Video in 2017, with on-demand video streaming capabilities. It focuses mainly on serving the media sector, entertainment industries, and enterprise use cases.
You can establish an OTT platform through this platform that supports monetization with pay-per-view services and ad insertion. However, IBM Cloud Video does lack in terms of internal use cases that restricts its capability to serve corporate communication and training use cases.
- SSO integration is only available through Google apps and SAML-based SSO providers.
- Possible to restrict certain domains, IP addresses, and locations.
- 3 default user roles are available with the option for the creation of custom roles to limit user actions.
- End-to-end encryption is available.
- Password protect your videos
- No URL tokenization is possible for secure external sharing with an expiry date.
- SCIM protocol is not available for provisioning and synchronizing your users and groups.
- Cannot restrict videos from being downloaded.
- No DRM support available.
- Cannot customize security policies or set custom retention period.
- Only possible to deploy in the IBM cloud.
No audit logs available to monitor user activity.
This platform is highly focused on providing live-streaming capabilities to enterprises. In fact, their platform initially only provided live streaming capabilities. It then proceeded to acquire Vzaar to step into the online video platform market. However, the focus of the platform still remains on delivering live event use cases in various industries. Aligned with this use case, Dacast also specializes in external use cases that require monetization and the creation of an OTT video platform.
Although the video platform is not best designed for internal use cases and is highly limited in terms of its security offerings, it can prove to be enough for organizations that just require minimal security capabilities. Let us explore what Dacast offers and where it might lack.
- Password-protect private videos.
- IP, domain and location restrictions can be placed to limit access.
- HLS encryption aligned with AES 128 standard is available.
- SSL/TLS encrypted paywall can be enabled for secure monetization.
- No SSO integration is available to authenticate users. Instead, you can just manually assign access to different users and limit what they can view.
- No default or custom user roles available to automated restriction of various levels of users. Hence, role-based access controls are not possible.
- Cannot create multiple autonomous video portals with separate security policies for segregated content access.
- Even user groups cannot be created within your portal for department-wise restricted content sharing.
- Cannot customize security policies or retention period.
- No DRM support available.
- No audit logs available for monitoring user activities on the video portal.
- Cannot create custom security policy or set custom retention period.
Cannot choose to store or host your videos in the region and cloud provider of your choice.Read More on Dacast and how it compares to its alternatives.
Lastly, here is a simple video platform best suited for marketing-focused external video use cases for the purposes of lead generation and conversion. Accordingly, the platform offers a variety of CRM integrations like HubSpot and Marketo. Hence, it is best to opt for this platform when you are dealing with customer-facing videos. It basically allows you to build an ad-free YouTube-like portal with a few more security features.
As apparent by the details mentioned above, the platform does not cater well to the internal video use cases like live corporate training sessions, handling confidential meeting recordings, etc. Let us explore the strengths and weaknesses of Wistia’s video platform:
- Role-based access controls can be placed by assigning users one of the 4 pre-defined user roles to control the actions they may take.
- Can securely share an external viewing link through password protection.
- Audit logs are available to monitor what action users perform on your video portal.
- Videos can be password-protected.
- Geo-restriction is available to limit viewing to certain regions.
- SSO integration is only available with 2 identity providers (Google and Microsoft).
- Not possible to create user groups or separate independent portals to segregate content.
- Content encryption is not available.
- DRM support is also not available for content protection.
- IP restriction is not possible.
It is recommended that you first thoroughly research upon your business’ secure video streaming requirements. Then only will you be able to choose an appropriate platform that best fits your needs.
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