The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Haas Conference Center, Room 172-173

The Challenge of Piracy: A Clear and Present Danger

Spencer Stephens, former, Chief Technology Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Rick Lane, former Senior Vice President, Government Relations, 21st Century Fox

Ben de Bont, Vice President & CISO, IBM Cloud & IBM Watson

Denise Muyco, co-founder and CEO, StratusCore

Hemanshu (Hemu) Nigam, CEO, SSP Blue, Moderator


Spencer Stephens, former, Chief Technology Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment: During his tenure as Chief Technology Officer at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Spencer lead the studio's Technology Development group working on technology innovation and application. The group's role touched on every part of the content path from the on-set technology including cameras and lens, through post-production and mastering to the standards used to deliver content and provide a full consumer experience such as new standards in Extras interactivity. Previously, Spencer worked as a technologist for Warner Bros. and before that, he built and ran the digital production group at Walt Disney Television Animation.  Spencer started in data communications as system engineer at the inception of the computer network industry. He is currently between assignments. Spencer has a first class honors BSc in physics from the University of Sussex and a masters in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ben de Bont, Vice President & CISO, IBM Cloud & IBM Watson: Ben de Bont is Vice President and CISO for both IBM Cloud and IBM Watson.  He is responsible for all security, compliance and privacy initiatives across these business units, which is jointly known as the IBM Watson Cognitive Cloud.  Ben is an expert at building critical cloud infrastructures at scale securely for the financial, healthcare, private and public sectors. Prior to IBM Ben was the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for HP Cloud.  He has over 20 years of security experience strategically protecting heavily targeted environments at scale.  Proceeding HP, Ben led the MySpace Security Group as Director of Information Security (CISO), and sat upon the Global News Corporation Security Committee, working extensively with the Dow Jones and 20th Century Fox to create an all-encompassing News Corporation security strategy with a focus on studio content protection and intellectual property protective mechanisms. Ben has also previously led the Incident Response Group for Microsoft’s Online Services, and held security responsibility for Hotmail, MSN Messenger and Search business units. He is a frequent speaker and active member of the security community, contributing to groups such as OWASP, the Cloud Security Alliance, ISACA and the non-profit Business Executives for National Security (BENS). Ben holds a MS degree in Computer Science from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and his undergraduate degree from the same institution. His thesis addressed ‘Digital Watermarking Encryption Algorithms Attacks and Defenses’.


Tara Swaminatha, Partner, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity, Squire, Patton, Boggs: Tara Swaminatha is a member of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice. She represents clients in the healthcare, financial, technology, insurance, media and entertainment, shipping and logistics, retail, aerospace and nonprofit sectors. Tara has acted as outside cybersecurity counsel on some of the most significant data breaches in recent years and has defended clients against federal, state and international regulatory actions and related litigation. During her time in private practice, Tara has advised multinational companies on cybersecurity liability risk assessments, internal compliance measures and incident response protocols. In the instance of security or privacy incidents, Tara led an incident response effort and served as her client’s subject matter expert. Her extensive knowledge of how digital evidence may be used to prove facts litigation in security incidents has enabled her to minimize her clients’ litigation exposure during incident responses, investigations and data breaches. At the Department of Justice (DOJ), Tara directed technical forensic investigations for federal law enforcement agencies, assisted prosecutors and investigators across the country with computer crime-related cases, and prosecuted IP crimes to combat massive online piracy of entertainment software, motion pictures and business software. Adding to her legal dexterity, Tara’s clients benefit from her technical understanding of cybersecurity methods and issues, having been the Information Security Administrator for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, built networks and conducted application security risk assessments while working at a boutique security firm prior to becoming a lawyer. Tara helped implement the IFC’s first information security policy for 3,000 employees worldwide. In addition, Tara commits to considerable pro bono and volunteering activities. She represents pro bono juvenile clients seeking asylum and represents the National Association for the Education of Young Children on data governance and other matters. An active member of her community, she is a board member for the Hearing & Speech Center at Children’s National Medical Center and helps mentor families with children with hearing loss. Tara is a frequent speaker on and writes extensively on security, privacy and cybercrime issues, having written one of the first textbooks on wireless security privacy and contributed to the National Association of Corporate Directors' Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight (2017 edition). She serves as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University Law School where she teaches Computer Crime Law. She is also recognized in The Legal 500 for Cyber Law, where she is “commended for her experience in high-profile data breach investigations and “understands forensics and is able to digest technical reports in a meaningful and actionable way.”


Rick Lane served for 15 years as the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs of 21st Century Fox. 21st Century Fox is the world's premier entertainment company with a portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and satellite assets spanning six continents across the globe. As Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Rick was responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the Company’s public policy activities. He also served as the Vice Chair and Treasurer of the 21st Century FOX Political Action Committee (FOXPAC). Before joining 21st Century Fox (formally known as “News Corporation”), Rick was the Director of Congressional Affairs focusing on E-Commerce and Internet public policy issues for the United States Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business organization.  Prior to working at the Chamber, Rick was employed by the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (WG&M) as the Director of Legislative Affairs. While at Weil, he advised and represented clients before Congress on a variety of legislative matters affecting the technology and telecommunications industries.  From 1988 to 1993, he worked for U.S. Representative Joseph D. Early (D-MA) as an Associate Staff member to the House Appropriations Committee. While working for Representative Early, his primary responsibilities involved technology, telecommunications, tax, education, labor and related issues. Rick’s background includes creating the Modern Educational Technology Center (METEC) in 1993 and CyberSports, Inc. in 1994. METEC was an educational technology private-public partnership.  CyberSports is a for-profit corporation which created the leading college and university sports recruiting software in the nation. Rick has served in leadership positions on a variety of federal, state, local commissions and committees, including his participation as a member of the United States Trade Representative’s Joint Government-Private Sector Committee on Experts on Electronic Commerce (Joint E-Commerce Committee).  He also served on the Federal Trade Commission’s Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security and the Virginia Attorney General’s Online Safety Task Force.  At the local level Rick served as chairman of the Montgomery County, MD Cable & Communications Advisory Committee (CCAC) working to develop the County’s cable and communications policy. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Horton’s Kids, a community-based 501(c)3 whose goal is to empower at-risk children in Washington, DC and prepare them for college, career, and life through educational opportunities and comprehensive programs tailored to their needs.


Denise Muyco, Co-Founder and CEO, StratusCore: Denise Muyco is co-founder and CEO of StratusCore, a content production technology company that is moving digital content production into the cloud. Denise has nearly 20 years of experience in the film industry as a serial entrepreneur. She founded StratusCore in 2011 to enable artists and content producers to take advantage of emerging cloud technology to streamline the content creation process and make it more cost effective for artists and studios alike. Previously, Denise founded OneView Technologies (acquired by HP Enterprise) which offered software to manage rights for films played on airplanes, cable networks and on-demand hotel services. In the late '90's she was the head of product management for AtomFilms (acquired by Viacom) where she helped produce some of the first internet-exclusive films and animations. Denise has a Bachelor of Arts in political economics, as well as a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington. Denise is a Board Member of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association and collaborates directly with industry guilds and associations.


Hemanshu (Hemu) Nigam, CEO, SSP Blue: Hemanshu “Hemu” Nigam has worked inside the largest prosecuting agencies, software companies, media and entertainment giants, and most influential trade associations in the world. Hemu served as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of News Corporation and Fox Interactive Media’s digital properties, as CSO of MySpace, and as a security executive in Microsoft.  He was also the Vice President of Worldwide Internet Enforcement at the Motion Picture Association of America. He began his career as Los Angeles County prosecutor specializing in sex crimes and child abuse before serving as a federal prosecutor against online crimes against children and computer crimes in the US DOJ. Today, he is the founder of SSP Blue (, a cyber security advisory company that has helped companies like Participant Media, SnapChat, Microsoft/Xbox, Disney, AT&T, Microsoft, JustFab, and others deal with challenges in cyber security, privacy, and safety. His company conducts cyber assessments, crisis public relations, and legal and government affairs work for clients. Hemu’s been a keynote speaker at the United Nations on stopping cyber hate, and has been a member of the White House’s cyber stalking task force, and co-chair of President Obama’s Online Safety Technology Working Group. Hemu’s clients also include television producers, actresses, and news producers and anchors.  Today, he’s seeking justice for a real estate agent to Hollywood stars who is being cyber stalked, for an executive producer of a national news outlet who’s had his identity stolen, for a Beverly Hills client who had nearly half a million dollars stolen through an online dating site to scammers, and an attorney who is being victimized by revenge porn. Hemu’s spent a career chasing bad guys online and offline bringing them to justice.  He was one of U.S. DOJ’s first online crimes prosecutors who took down an international child sex trafficking ring as well as prosecuted online child predators and hackers. Hemu’s insightful expert commentary on cyber security offers an insider's view of the dark online underworld.  His personable style coupled with his unique ability to simplify cyber security for viewers to understand makes him a frequent guest on CNN, FOX, NBC, CBS, and other national news outlets.  He’s also often interviewed by Variety, Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He’s also got his own video blog at where he breaks down cyber security, privacy, and safety topics in short, easy news you can use video segments. He earned his juris doctorate from Boston University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree in government and political theory from Wesleyan University.  Hemu is bar licensed in the states of California and Washington.