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SIMON SPANSWICK: Phil mentioned the importance of knowledge sharing. Getting discussions going between the equipment manufacturers and broadcasters is so important. If that can be done, it will go a long way to improving the situation. Both of you are right about the people problem. It is people clicking on links, bringing in USB sticks, getting past physical security that causes big issues, and we’ve seen that in other industries. JOHN MAILHOT: Simon is right about the point of information sharing amongst broadcasters. As vendors, we are in the trenches working on our tech. The biggest source of information sharing amongst broadcasters is each other. I don’t know what is going on in the larger industry, and who is facilitating that wider communication, so that could be a job for NEAL ROMANEK: How can organisations communicate better about cybersecurity issues?

SIMON SPANSWICK: Some people are better-resourced, more aware of the issues, and have done more work to protect themselves, as John and Phil said. A lot of attacks happen in less-developed countries, such as Kiev in Ukraine – somewhere a certain nation state is very interested in attacking, and getting their own point of view across. They are not as well-equipped to deal with this. They haven’t had the firepower to put into cybersecurity what organisations in NEAL ROMANEK: Does the same also apply to broadcasters universally, or are smaller media companies more vulnerable?

western Europe and North America might have. This is definitely a ‘them and us’ situation. JOHN MAILHOT: The weaponry is internationally available, so it’s really a question for every enterprise to make that balance and create a one- man band journalist. Inherently, this


Simon’s organisation. Facilitate that dialogue among media companies.

doesn’t have a very big threat surface, or a staff of people coming and going – there’s advantages to being small. But at the same time, you’re responsible for your own security. Ultimately, making an operation secure is an enterprise management system you have to create yourself. You need to staff it, organise it, plan it and execute it. Make sure every new piece of equipment has the right security features, for example. But don’t mistake that for solving the enterprise challenge – this involves the whole business, including the people. The biggest threat service in television is the people coming and going daily. If anyone could click a link in an email and infect their computer, you require a process to manage the zone of infection.

PHIL MYERS: From the Lawo team perspective, we’ve moved on from IP networks, focusing on making it easier to deploy – and looking at security. That’s been a key focus during the past 12 months. We’re not going to get to the endgame without discussion, because it’s an evolving process.


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