Recent advances in digital communications and storage technologies
have brought major changes for consumers. High-capacity hard disks
and DVDs can store large amounts of audiovisual data. In addition, faster
Internet connection speeds and the emerging high bitrate DSL connections
provide sufficient bandwidth for entertainment networks.
These improvements in computers and communication networks are
radically changing the economics of intellectual property reproduction
and distribution. Intellectual property owners must exploit new ways of
reproducing, distributing, and marketing their intellectual property.
However, a major problem with current digital distribution and storage
technologies is the great threat of piracy.
This book is carefully edited — authors are worldwide experts in the
field of multimedia encryption and authentication. Our goal is to cover all
current and future trends in designing modern systems for multimedia
encryption and authentication.
The technical level of the book is between an intermediate and high
level. The book is primarily intended for researchers and practitioners in
the field. However, some chapters are less technical than others and can
be beneficial to those readers who need a broad understanding of
multimedia security. The key points of the book can be summarized as
The book describes and evaluates the current state-of-the-art in
multimedia encryption and authentication techniques and related technologies, architectures, standards, and applications.
The book also presents future trends and developments in this
Advanced topics, such as chaotic video encryption techniques and
streaming media encryption, are also covered.
Contributors to the book are the leading researchers from
academia and practitioners from industry.