Access to the streaming media system by unauthorized persons, either by accident or design, can seriously damage the content and the system. Some content may not have intrinsic value but may contain sensitive information or images that must be protected against theft. Locked doors and network firewalls may not be enough to keep out a determined intruder.
The security of your streaming media system and content is dependant upon two things: the physical security of the system hardware and storage and the virtual security of your network. The level of value and sensitivity you place on your content will best determine the amount of effort and expense you must undertake to secure it.
All critical streaming media storage and hardware components should be housed in a room that has been dedicated to that purpose. Access to the room should be restricted to persons directly associated with the operation of the streaming media system. The viability of additional access and monitoring measures such as card key readers, combination locks, alarm systems, and closed circuit video depend on the value of your data and your overall security strategy.
Network security is a multifaceted subject consisting of several different methods and levels of complexity. While many of the general principles of network security are shared across all networking platforms, the specifics of implementing a network security strategy will vary according to the equipment and software used. Consult your network documentation or administrator for specific information about the correct implementation of the following network security measures:
You should understand that as you place more security precautions on an area of your network, the transfer of data across the network becomes more difficult to manage. Choose a network security strategy for your content that provides an adequate level of administrative access while effectively blocking users that do not have the proper authorization.