Cyber-crime is one of the greatest threats all businesses face.

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With the support of Tysers Live and Nirvana, Televisual hosted a dinner at the Groucho Club to discuss the challenges for UK post and production around cyber security.

The dinner and animated discussions followed three recent, though all thwarted, ransomware attacks on UK post houses with all three companies reflecting on their experiences.


The panel included 10 senior post directors alongside two insurance experts from Tysers Live, an insurance underwriter specialising in M&E from Nirvana, the EMEA representative for the Trusted Partnership Network (TPN) and a TPN third-party Gold Badge assessor.

Ed Bengoa – Director of Post Production, ITN

Adrian Bull – CEO, Cinelab Film and Video

Zeb Chadfield – Chief Vision Officer / CEO The Finish Line

Toby Clowes – Director and Head of Cyber, Tysers Live

Charlie Evatt – Director and Principal Consultant, Evatt Industries

Paul Hillier – Director, Media, Film & TV, Tysers Live

Rob Jones – Executive Chairman, Head of Media, Technology and Cyber, Nirvana

Charlotte Layton – Co-Founder, Racoon

Nick Long – CEO, Salon

Tom Mitchell – Technical Director, Mission

Nick Platt – Vice President, Picture Shop UK

Symon Roue – Managing Director, Visual Data

Stephen Stewart – Consultant (TPN UK and EMEA Ambassador)

Louisa Sutherland-Smith – Managing Director, Halo

Insurance companies are at the frontline of understanding cyber security from how to mitigate against a cyber-attack and the importance of a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP). They are often the first response unit in the event of an attack.

The TPN is a trade body formed by many of the largest US studios that publishes security best practices within film and television, recommends security standards and protocols, and offers more detailed assessments for vendors and post houses.

Although TPN’s focus is on protecting the IP of studios’ assets, the discussion was far broader touching on issues relevant to all UK M&E businesses. Most cyber-attacks are agnostic; that is, the result of vulnerabilities within cloud-facing hardware and software applications, rather than cyber criminals actively targeting M&E companies.

There is little coverage of cyber-security within industry press and yet a single cyber-crime can undermine business continuity and even bring a business down. A sobering thought is that two-thirds of SMEs that fall victim to cyber-crime without cyber insurance will fail within the following two years.

Download the Televisual Cyber Security Roundtable Report here

James Bennett

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