Can I Defend My Broadcast Station Against Ransomware?


Monday, April 25 | 10:35 AM - 10:55 AM


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The IT infrastructure and especially the IP network are a fundamental building block of the broadcast technical plant. Integration with the legacy broadcast infrastructure can range from minimal system control functions to an end-to-end IP based content transport facility. Regardless of the level of integration, cybersecurity cannot be ignored to insure a reliable, secure and protected system.

Industry cybersecurity practices principals are commonly based upon federal agency efforts from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and practices from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The NIST Framework and CISA Guidelines are often seen as a complex and a daunting task to implement within a broadcast facility.

This paper and presentation will focus on ransomware and provide an awareness of practical implementable cybersecurity precautions based upon the NIST Framework principals and CISA Guidelines in understandable terminology. Specific topics will include a brief overview of NIST  cybersecurity principals and implementation guidelines based upon the CISA defenses of Prevent, Detect and Recover to defend against ransomware through policy, technical and educational methods.

A Sub-Session Under:

Cybersecurity in Broadcast Facilities


Wayne Pecena
Associate Director Information Technology
Texas A&M University - KAMU

Session Type:
Paper Presentation