LONDON – The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) recently hosted an exclusive security briefing in collaboration with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), 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, made an announcement on behalf of ITV and Channel 4 regarding their support for the Programme:


“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,” said Brown. “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.”


Broadcast and media suppliers can apply to the DPP Committed to Security Programme via the DPP website. Participation in the Programme is free to DPP Members; Non-Members can also apply to the Programme for a small license fee.


The DPP’s next event in support of its Committed to Security Programme is the Securing Creativity summit, a one-day event on 28th November 2018. Securing Creativity will bring together customers and suppliers to focus on what it means to build and maintain security in a creative environment.