We’ve been looking at some of the best papers from the Proceedings of the upcoming 2017 Broadcast Engineering and IT Conference (BEITC). In this post, Kelly Williams looks at Denis Onuoha’s paper: Cybersecurity: What Can We Do to Secure Ourselves in the Current Cyber Landscape?

You can preorder the Proceedings now to get the full paper, along with 95 other papers from the 2017 conference.

The paper previewed here is part of the Cybersecurity and Ransomware session, which will be presented on Wednesday April 26, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in room N260 of the Las Vegas Convention Center, as part of the 2017 NAB Show. Register for the conference here.

With the advent of recent high-profile hacks and breaches, cybersecurity has become an important issue in the broadcast and media industries. A day-long session at this year’s NAB Broadcast Engineering and IT Conference (BEITC) covering “Cybersecurity and Ransomware” includes a paper discussing how broadcasters can secure their operations and protect themselves from cyber hacks. This paper is entitled Cybersecurity: What Can We Do to Secure Ourselves in the Current Cyber Landscape? and is authored by Denis Onuoha of Arqiva LTD.


This paper demystifies and provides an overview of what should be done in the media industry to enhance cybersecurity. The author dispels myths about best practices in this area as being onerous, complicating operations and even reducing efficiencies. He stresses that cybersecurity should not be seen as an overhead but rather as a strategic differentiator, enabling new business streams, while running an efficient and highly reliable operation. He also points out that good cyber-hygiene involves a lot more than just technical controls.

The paper also explores eight domains around cybersecurity, how they apply to our industry and how best to get the balance right. People, processes and technology are reviewed, with the people element being key. As the paper details, most of the recent high-profile security breaches have exploited people in order to establish a foothold and cause the desired impact.

This paper is included in its entirety in the 2017 BEITC Proceedings and will be presented as the lead-off paper in the BEITC’s Cybersecurity and Ransomware session, Wednesday, April 26 at 9 a.m., in room N260 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

You can preorder this paper as part of the BEITC Proceedings now

Check out the NAB Cybersecurity Portal for useful information and resources.