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10 things to know about Cyber Security

The DPP's 10 things to know series.

Hack to the Future

For over 20 years the media industry has largely avoided the risks around the corruption and leakage of content by working on digital tapes. Security was achieved through obscurity: unless you had an HDCAM tape machine at home, it was pretty unlikely that you were going to be able to digitise that material and post it online.
Two years ago, driven by the Digital Production Partnership, the use of tape was removed from the production process. This was a huge step forward for the evolution of digital production. Content that is recorded as digital files in the camera now remains that way right through the chain to programme playout.

This means that programmes are now digital files by default. This development has huge benefits. But it does also mean that those programme files are easy to copy, to intercept, to manipulate; and they can easily leak to online platforms. This vulnerability comes at a time when media companies are becoming more of a target. From the BBC website to TV5 in France, it appears broadcasters, and often their news agenda, are considered fair game by cyber criminals.
To try and tackle this issue the DPP has worked with its Members to examine the topic of trust and security. Our work looks at all the points in the production chain where we believe that trust and security are an issue.
With so much sensitive digital content now flowing around the industry, the challenge for every production office is how to plan for when someone tries to steal, modify or damage that content.

So what does this mean for productions? It means a fresh approach to risk management. It means taking a look at where in the production chain you need to think about security and then building in appropriate control measures.
It’s about getting serious about security. And to help you the DPP has brought together security experts from its Membership to create this simple – but authoritative – introduction to cyber security.
What is Cyber Security? We often hear of major brands that have suffered from data leaks, and news headlines about attempts to buy stolen logins and passwords. Being online and connected can put a person or a company at risk. A cyber attack is an electronic attack designed to steal information from your computer, online service or to prevent people from using their systems or devices. The global scale of the Internet means that cyber attacks can come from anywhere.
Until recently the media industry has escaped relatively unscathed: hackers have tended to attack financial institutions or governments. But that’s starting to change. Some media organisations now experience several cyber attacks daily.
In the past those who wished to cause damage to broadcasters had to infiltrate their buildings and studios to disrupt output. Today it can be as simple as downloading and running some freely available malicious computer scripts.
And it isn’t only broadcasters who are at risk. Any media company or organisation that uses connected systems – or buys services from other companies that do – can become victims of an attack.
The consequences for those victims can be huge – from causing financial loss to suffering irreparable reputational damage. Cyber security exists to reduce those risks.

This 10 Things You Need To Know Guide is aimed at anyone who wants to understand how to reduce the risk of being harmed by a cyber threat, by protecting themselves or their business.

Please read the document attached (pdf).

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