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Safety in numbers: building security through collaboration

I ve got a confession to make . I ve never written a line of code in my life . Consequently I haven t the faintest idea how hacking works . So on that basis I m surely the last person who could come up with a cyber security presentation. Not necessarily, because the typical cyber security presentation goes something like this:

Safety In Numbers: Building Security Through Collaboration

There are more threats than ever . There are those who have been hacked, and those who don t know they ve been hacked . And your people are the weakest link .

Cue some stories about password idiocy . Move on to conclude that security is very difficult, but we all have to try harder. This may sound cynical, but that isn t the intention . All the above is true, and needs saying . But its repetition sometimes feels as if it marks a more uncomfortable truth: as we look around at such conferences, the real threat sits between us.

The media supply chain is as weak as its least secure company; but we are struggling to find a way to help each other become more secure – Mark Harrison

In many ways this difficulty is hardly surprising . No one wants to admit to vulnerability in their processes or products. Making operations or products more secure may not make them easier to work with . And, for all that it is now digital and connected, the media industry remains a peculiar mix of the highly technical and the highly personal: if media production was reduced to a set of automated, encrypted processes, creativity would be killed stone dead. At a DPP event at IBC2016, BBC Chief Technology and Product Officer, Matthew Postgate observed: The good guys need to work together – because you can be sure the bad guys are.

The banks have already learnt this lesson .

It s very important that suppliers and customers are clear and honest in sharing information . The best thing the BBC did was admit to ourselves and our supplier base where we really were on security . We all need to be explicit. Matthew Postgate s comments resonated with the lead already taken by the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA). They had drawn up a set of basic cyber security requirements for all suppliers working with broadcasters .

The list was published at IBC 2016 in partnership with the DPP. And a couple of months later, NABA brought the industry together in New York for a ground breaking international cyber security symposium . That symposium surfaced the reality: that the media industry is now a prime target for increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks, but we lack a coordinated means of response . We need to find a way of getting the good guys together. So earlier this year the DPP gathered subject matter experts in security from across its membership.

There was unanimous agreement that the industry needed to create some common best practice . At the request of its members, the DPP took the NABA/DPP Broadcaster Cyber Security Requirements for Suppliers, and turned it into a more formal checklist against which any supplier in the broadcast and distribution chain can comply themselves. The intention is to introduce this checklist into the UK in the first instance . It is hoped that with time the DPP can use its international reach to spread this approach beyond the UK, and that a community of like minded broadcasters, distributors and suppliers can help cascade best practice in a way that is manageable and affordable.

What s innovative about the Broadcaster Cyber Security Requirements document is that it isn t a simple pass/fail . It is designed to enable suppliers to document their current activity around security even if that means acknowledging areas where they have issues. Those issues might even be created by their broadcaster customers ! The intention is to acknowledge that vulnerabilities shift on a day by day basic, but demonstrate a commitment to security one that shows it is front of mind, pro-active and ambitious for excellence .

Ultimately no one can ask for more. The DPP Broadcaster Cyber Security1 checklist builds on a similar one created for the production and post production community, which also enables them and their suppliers to self-assess against a number of key security criteria while respecting the reality that the needs and challenges of every production vary. At IBC2017 the first companies will be announcing their adoption of the DPP checklist approach.

And in a special session in the IBC conference I will be exploring this collaborative approach to security further, with colleagues from across the whole supply chain .

And that s the paradox of security: our expert colleagues who understand hacking can fight off the bad guys; but they ll only be effective if we give them the means to work together.

References

  1. ^ DPP Broadcaster Cyber Security (www.digitalproductionpartnership.co.uk)

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Finsbury Park mosque attack: Suspect Darren Osborne, 47, previously unknown to security services

The man suspected of deliberately driving a van into a crowd outside a mosque in north London was unknown to security forces, it has been confirmed, as local communities pay tribute to the one person dead and 10 injured after the crash. Police are treating the incident, which took place as worshippers were leaving the mosque in Finsbury Park just after midnight on Monday, as a terror attack1 the third such atrocity to hit the capital in recent months after vehicles were used to mow down pedestrians in Westminster and on London Bridge. Security minister Ben Wallace said the driver, named as 47-year-old Darren Osborne2 from Cardiff, was not known to the authorities in the space of extremism or far-right extremism . He is believed to have acted alone.

Osborne was originally arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, but he is now also facing charges relating to the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism . Police are investigating whether the victim died as a result of the attack or a separate health emergency, as he was already receiving first aid outside the mosque at the time. Theresa May said the Government will review security at mosques across Britain, vowing that hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed . Outside Downing Street, the Prime Minister said the attack on Muslims near their place of worship was every bit as sickening as those which have come before .

Extra police resources have already been deployed to reassure communities, and the police will continue to assess the security needs of Mosques and provide any additional resources needed, especially during this final week before Eid Al-Fitr, a particularly important time for the whole Muslim community, she said.

There has been far too much tolerance of extremism in our country over many years and that means extremism of any kind, including Islamophobia . That is why this Government will act to stamp out extremist and hateful ideology both across society and on the internet, so it is denied a safe space to grow.

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have contrasting receptions at Finsbury Park mosque visits

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: My thoughts are with all those affected by the appalling incident at Finsbury Park.

I am in contact with the Metropolitan Police who have confirmed it is being investigated by their Counter Terrorism Command.

We must all continue to stand together, resolute, against all those who try to divide us and spread hate and fear. Labour’s shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, whose Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency lies close to the scene, called for police to review security at mosques. She tweeted: Terror attack outside #FinsburyPark mosque . Police must urgently review security for all mosques #StandTogether.

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said her thoughts were with the community and emergency services, adding: We will not be divided. Ms May met faith leaders at Finsbury Park Mosque the afternoon after the attack, but faced heckles as she left the building . Crowds shouted Have you got a faster taxi today ? and how can you be so quick today? , a criticism of her response to last week s devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in west London, in which 79 people are presumed dead.

At around 12.20am, a speeding white van swerved into people gathered outside the Muslim Welfare House mosque on Seven Sisters Road . Eight people were taken to hospital and two were treated at the scene . All the victims were Muslim. Abdul Rashid, 18, who witnessed the aftermath of the attack, described the driver as desensitised and said he wasn’t distressed, not in the slightest . He told The Independent it appeared the suspect knew exactly what he was doing .

When people were holding him down he was saying ‘you can kill me, I’ve done my job’ . He was saying he had come here to kill Muslims, said Mr Rashid .

He looked blank . You could tell he didn’t care . It was 100 per cent deliberate. Searches are being carried out at a residential address in Cardiff in condition with the mosque attack, according to the Metropolitan Police . Images of the van used in the attack showed it was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire, around 12 miles west of Cardiff.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the capital would stay strong in the difficult period and not allow these terrorists to succeed.

While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge, it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect, he said. There has been a reported surge in hate crime against Muslims in Britain following the London attacks carried out by Islamist extremists and a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on May 22 that killed 22 people, almost half of whom were aged under 20. The week after the Manchester attack, which was claimed by Isis, verified reports of Islamophobic hate crimes increased more than fivefold, according to the organisation Tell Mama, which monitors anti-Muslim hatred in Britain.

In the seven days after the London Bridge attack on 3 June, there was a 240 per cent rise in reported hate crimes, said the charity . Figures from City Hall also show a sharp rise in anti-Muslim incidents after three attackers hit pedestrians on the bridge before launching a knife attack on people in bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market. An imam reportedly saved the van driver involved in the suspected Finsbury Park attack from being attacked by members of the public in the immediate aftermath of the crash . One witness said the furious crowd might have injured or killed Osborne were it not for the intervention of Mohammed Mahmoud. An eyewitness who gave his name as Abdul told The Independent Osborne tried to run away but we brought him down .

He would’ve died because so many people were punching him but the imam came out and said ‘No more punching, let’s keep him down until the police come’. Community groups and charities have condemned the attack, warning against entering a cycle of tit-for-tat violence that is the goal of extremists . In a statement, the organisation Hope Not Hate said we must oppose far-right extremism with the same intensity that we oppose Islamist extremism – a plague on both their houses is our call, as we said back in 2013 after the murder of Lee Rigby.

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References

  1. ^ terror attack (www.independent.co.uk)
  2. ^ Darren Osborne (www.independent.co.uk)
  3. ^ Reuse content (www.independent.co.uk)