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Blog: The Changing Threat Landscape

We live in a world today where everything is connected. Demand from consumers to have everything at their fingertips is driving massive technological change and innovation within media and broadcasting. But as we move away from tape-based content to a digital world, this rapid innovation can bring its own kind of risk. Whilst traditional threats such as protecting against piracy remain, new risks are emerging with the digitisation of content. The protection of cloud based assets and mitigation against Denial of service attacks which are designed to take content offline at critical broadcast moments, is a relatively new concept that media organisations have to plan for.

BT has become a key player in the world of media and broadcasting and we now have a vast array of digital content to protect, particularly across our TV channels. We’ve learnt a lot about how best to do this and have been using our own security expertise to protect our content and that of our customers. For BT, security is also a competitive advantage. Security is behind BT’s service and brand, and it means that we can promote services such as BT Sport with confidence because we have assessed the risks and designed appropriate controls.

Awareness and education plays a significant part in protecting your business. It’s often said that the weakest part of your security defence is people. Making sure that your people understand the threats and what to do to prevent them being effective is just as important as your technical defence mechanisms.

We realise that every organisation is a potential victim. All organisations have something of value that is worth something to others. To take this fight to those that want to disrupt our operation, we know that collaboration is key. Working with specialists within our industry and among different industry sectors as well as law enforcement, we are making it harder for criminals to operate. We are gaining greater insight into their criminal business model which helps us to develop strategies to defend against attacks.

This is an ever changing landscape. New methods of attack are being created every day. There are marketplaces in which attack tools are constantly being developed and sold or hired to criminals. 2016 was predicted to be the year of online extortion, and so far, the trends we are seeing reflect this. The evolution of ransomware (the practice of targeting businesses and holding their data / system access to ransom) has become quite prevalent in certain industries whilst the development of new malware iterations to bypass security measures are being deployed every day.

This is why it’s so important to make sure that the security of our digital content is aligned right from the beginning – from development to production through to delivery, and that applies both internally and to external suppliers. Protecting the confidentiality, integrity and authenticity of our content has to be maintained across the entire lifecycle of its production because without that, our ability to deliver quality broadcast content to our customers is at risk.

In the Changing Threat landscape the best tools to defend yourself are preparation and knowledge. If you’re keen to find out more, we are sharing our expertise during a Cyber Security panel discussion at the IBC Conference on Monday 12th September, 10.00-10.45 on the BT Stand, O.C01 (Outside Exhibition Area). The DPP have also produced a guide to help organisations to cope with these challenges. It’s called the 10 Things You Need to Know About Cyber Security, which provides tips on how to reduce the risk of being harmed by cyber threats by protecting yourself and your business.

This blog post was written by Paula Hancock, Intelligence Analyst, BT Security.