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ITV, C4, NCSC support DPP security programme

July 18, 2018

The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) this week hosted an exclusive security briefing in collaboration with the National CyberSecurity Centre (NCSC). The briefing was for members of the DPP’s Committed to Security Programme, and featured guest speakers from NCSC, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), and Ofcom. The event also featured an announcement from ITV and Channel 4 regarding their requirements of their suppliers to adopt the DPP’s Committed to Security mark.

“The NCSC fully supports the DPP’s drive to ensure best practice is shared among its members,” said Dr Ian Levy, Technical Director for the National Cyber Security Centre. “The media and broadcast industry should be taking action to mitigate the impact of cyberattacks and it’s great that the DPP is working to improve cybersecurity in this sector. The NCSC supports sector specific events and provides sector specific advice to ensure that companies receive the most relevant advice and information to help them prioritise their responses to the ever-changing challenges.”

The DPP’s Committed to Security Programme was launched in October 2017, and 27 companies have already been awarded the DPP’s Security mark. Administrative and audit services for the Programme are provided by Eurofins Digital Testing, an independent test and assurance specialist.

Bill Brown, Head of Media Standards at ITV, comme ted:  “Given the increasing security threat and associated business risks, ITV has taken the important decision to announce today that all suppliers and vendors delivering content or services to ITV, must have gone through the DPP’s Committed to Security self-assessment process and have been awarded the Committed to Security mark by 1st January 2019. Channel 4 have also agreed to follow the same approach as ITV, and in addition, will be working with their existing suppliers to meet the accreditation with an extended deadline of July 2019. Going forward, the Committed to Security mark will play a more important part in how ITV and Channel 4 selects its products and services across the broadcast supply chain.”

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