Distribution & Delivery Global Viewpoint – July 2018

IBC 2018 Stages Cyber Security Forum

IBC is ramping up its cybersecurity activities this year in recognition of the rising threat to broadcasters and pay TV operators of direct attacks on their infrastructure resulting from Internet connectivity. It will be holding a one-day invitation-only Cyber Security Forum that will assemble Chief Technology Officers, Chief Information Officers, Chief Information Security Officers and Chief Digital Officers within media and broadcasting to thrash out both challenges and opportunities presented by cyber security to broadcasters.

One message will be that no matter what protective measures are employed all broadcasters will fall victim to some form of attack at some time, so one discussion point will be how to manage breaches when they do occur.

Traditionally cyber security and revenue protection against unauthorized consumption of content upon distribution have been run by separate departments for broadcasters relying on technology from different vendors. Until recently the IT department dealt with cybersecurity threats against the data center such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and malware, as well as protecting corporate data such as emails. This involved firewalls and Intrusion Detection systems (IDS) provided by vendors specializing in enterprise IT security generally and not specific to a given industry sector like broadcasting. Then revenue protection was enabled by Conditional Access Systems (CAS) and DRMs focusing on illicit access to content after it had left the internal systems, provided by a group of specialist vendors such as Verimatrix, Kudelski’s Nagra and Irdeto. Although these distribution links were increasingly IP (Internet Protocol) based they were still ringfenced in “walled gardens” as in IPTV and so largely immune to cyberattacks.

That has all changed over the last few years as France’s TV5Monde was one of the first to discover in April 2015 when a massive hack took down 12 of its 15 channels overnight. Content and enterprise security have become increasingly interconnected. (TV5Monde Hacked)

Scott Borg, CEO and Chief Economist at U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit will conduct a cyber security exercise with attendees at the IBC Cyber Security Forum.

Scott Borg, CEO and Chief Economist at U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit will conduct a cyber security exercise with attendees at the IBC Cyber Security Forum.

This was first acknowledged fully by IBC for the 2017 show when it launched the C-Tech Forum, a series of exclusive invitation-only micro events for C-level executives, meaning heads of the company or departments such as CEOs, CTOs and COOs. This comprised individual topics over two days around cyber security and also the advent of 5G.

This year is the first it is holding a major event dedicated just to cybersecurity, recognizing even more fully how the boundary between enterprise IT functions and broadcast engineering have blurred. It will feature keynotes from Brian Brackenborough, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at UK broadcaster Channel 4 and Melody Hildebrandt who holds a similar position at 21st Century Fox. They will explore risk, resilience and reputation in the context of cyber secure across an entire organization. Rob Silvers, Partner, Litigation at Paul Hastings & Former Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy at the US Department of Homeland Security will be exploring the relationship between risk and ROI (Return on Investment).

The focus will be on joining up previously isolated islands of security and developing a comprehensive cyber plan that integrates people, capital and technology risks across the entire organization. The sessions will explore how various business components including IT security, human resources, compliance and fraud prevention can be brought together to create a single cyber resilient organization.

IBC’s Cyber Security Forum will also include a networking lunch where delegates will take part in a cyber security exercise designed for IBC by Scott Borg, who has helped devise and run such events in the US and Estonia. Other topics are likely to include the growing role of machine learning, especially of the unsupervised variety, in detecting new attacks as they happen by recognizing anomalous activity.

Delegates might muse that the fact many broadcasters now have CISOs responsible for all aspects of network security indicates that they are already heading the message of the IBC forum.

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