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NABA and EBU Issue Cybersecurity Recommendations

Document aims to improve cybersecurity compliance requirements for broadcasters

The North American Broadcasters Association and the European Broadcasting Union have developed a set of cybersecurity recommendations for the World Broadcasting Unions.

The document entitled “Cybersecurity Recommendations for Media Vendors, Systems Software and Services” is intended to “create a dialog with media vendors and broadcast organizations to achieve more consistent and effective compliance with cyber security requirements.”

According to the WBU, the recommendations are based on the original work by the EBU and NABA Member cyber security groups and reflect the performance aspirations of both organizations with respect to cyber security.

The broadcasting organization said it recommends its union members, and media companies in general, apply these recommendations when designing, procuring and implementing their systems, software and services.

“It is important that broadcasters reinforce the need for cybersecurity with their vendors,” said WBU Technical Committee Chairman Simon Fell. “By working together through the WBU we can achieve a global reach and present common recommendations to industry partners.”

The WBU Cybersecurity Recommendations document, which can be viewed here and will be circulated to the unions’ members, is supported by NABA, the EBU, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, the Arab States Broadcasting Union, the African Union of Broadcasting, the Caribbean Broadcasting Union and the International Association of Broadcasting.