Cybersecurity is a major concern for all audiovisual companies, especially for those that do not have their systems installed in a private CPD and with restricted access on an intranet without access to the outside.
Every time a company thinks about migrating to IP and/or the cloud, the doubt regarding security appears. In private and closed environments, security is not so critical.
This new problem did not exist when working in islands of the linear edition, nor in those emissions with VTRs and live, however, today it is an increasingly dangerous reality.
Cyberspace is full of threats, risks, and traps. Privacy, confidentiality, and control of business information are critical to ensure competitiveness.
The destruction of the information stored in a company, the kidnapping of this information, the rescue request for the captured media… the destruction of media by malicious third parties … are cases that can occur or have already occurred in television environments.
Security rests on three basic principles; availability, integrity and confidentiality, and five pillars;
PILLAR 1 – RISK IDENTIFICATION
PILAR II – VULNERABILITY REDUCTION
PILAR III – THREAT REDUCTION
PILLAR IV – MITIGATION OF THE CONSEQUENCE
PILAR V – ENABLE CYBERSECURITY RESULTS
Within our industry, we are lucky not to be the first, many others have gone ahead and we can learn from their mistakes and accomplishments. At our house, we have ElevenPaths which is a company whose focus is a disruptive innovation in cybersecurity.
In cloud environments, security falls on the provider who puts all the existing means to ensure such security, the problem which was previously of a television or producer, is passed to the service provider. For this, it is important to have good QoS and SLA.
Vulnerability against attacks
The storage of media in the production or archive environment, are vulnerable elements, therefore, they require special attention in security aspects, a task that falls to system administrators. The assets of an audiovisual company are its digital media files; the videos and audios.
There are safety committees, to determine standards in our industry, with acceptable preventive measures and deployable in audiovisual environments. Cryptography and security mechanisms are addressed (SC27 WG2); security controls and services (SC27 WG4), etc.
Encryption whenever possible hinders Malware’s actions.
Summing-up, cyberspace can be a safe place, for this, there are organizations and agencies such as the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS US Department of Homeland Security) that has a leadership and collaboration role with multiple agencies for stability and cyberspace security.
Asier Anitua Valluerca
Business Development Manager
Telefónica Servicios Audiovisuales