This month, WorldCast Systems announced a new security feature in its Ecreso FM transmitter range to protect from cyberattacks.
With the latest version of Ecreso FM transmitters (1.10.1), the security policy on the FTP access has been improved to limit the risk of cyberattacks on the transmitter. As a result, only one user account, with a reinforced password, is now available and limited to audio file management.
According to the broadcast solutions company, this update is the first milestone of a global approach to integrate advanced security features into the transmitters and help customers protect their broadcast chain from network attacks.
David Houze, Ecreso product manager, said WorldCast products are designed to lower operating expenses for broadcasters and maximize transmitter uptime. He said the new security feature implemented into the Ecreso FM transmitter range “reflects these core values.”
Per WorldCast Systems, by preventing cyberattacks, broadcasters can maintain their on-air time, ensure optimal performance of their equipment, and avoid unnecessary costs relating to system recovery and downtime.
“With the rise in new trends impacting the broadcast infrastructure, many devices initially designed for closed networks, such as RDS encoders or FM transmitters, are now directly exposed to public internet networks,” said WorldCast Systems in its press release. “This makes them vulnerable to cyberattacks and can result in blocked access, program interruptions, hacked content, and more. It is increasingly critical to protect broadcast equipment with new security features.”
Ecreso transmitters are available in a number of power ranges, from 100W to 10kW.