The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) has opened its Committed to Security Programme to the entire media industry to help reduce the loss or theft of content.


Cyber security panel session at IBC2017 

DPP Managing Director Mark Harrison said: “DPP Members wanted a means of demonstrating that they are following security best practice, so we worked with them to develop a Programme that does just that.”

“We’re now opening that Programme more widely – and I hope the proliferation of the DPP security mark will become evidence of just how seriously our industry now takes security.”

The broadcast-facing cyber security checklist enables companies to self-assess against key industry security criteria. Companies can apply to take part in the programme and upon successful completion will be awarded the appropriate ’committed to security’ mark.

The programme was announced during the cyber security panel ‘Safety in Numbers’ chaired by Harrison who said the rise of cyber security threats means the industry needed to take action and implement best practices across the supply chain. Joined by a panel of experts who agreed cyber security and data protection is critical to a successful business.

Mark harrison

Mark Harrison

”Having a checklist that aims to build all the security into one standard helps us demonstrate to clients that they can trust us,” said TVT’s Technology Vice President Peter Elvidge.

With the general data protection regulation (GDPR) being activated in May 2018, has triggered a host of debates and actions required for data security across the industry.  

The GDPR assumes that everyone will have data breaches, explained Akamai Technologies Senior Director of Security Strategy, Jay Coley.

He said: “It’s how you recover from that [data breach] and what are your processes behind that.”

Avid Senior Director, Global presales and Strategic Solutions Craig Dwyer said: “We need to look at the full supply chain and make sure as we have done with other DPP requirements, for example, we start to set some standards.”

“There is a misconception that being disconnected from the world is by itself a security solution, we call that security by obscurity and it doesn’t really work,” said Microsoft Azure Compliance Senior Program Manager, Joel Sloss.

“There is no very simple solution because you have to have policies that apply to everything.” 

Watch the Safety in Numbers panel session here:

Ten companies worked with the DPP in the development phase of the Programme and became early adopters of the mark. Those companies were Arqiva, Base Media Cloud, Dropbox, The Farm Group, Imagen, Marshall Info Tech, Microsoft, Qvest Media, Telestream, and TVT. A further 15 companies have already expressed an interest in joining the Programme, ahead of today’s full launch.

DPP Committed to Security Programme registration form can be accessed here.