NABA Joins SVG Summit Cybersecurity Workshop

The North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) has joined SVG to produce its annual Cybersecurity Workshop at the SVG Summit on December 11 at the New York Hilton in Manhattan. Registration is free for NABA members, SVG members and sponsors.

Founded in 1972 and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, NABA is a non-profit association of broadcasting organizations in Canada, United States and Mexico committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters locally and internationally.

SVG Cybersecurity Workgroup Chair Gary Olson explains, “We welcome NABA and its membership to the SVG Summit this year. Cybersecurity is a ‘Team Sport’ and it has become a critical consideration when integrating the mobile networks of multiple mobile operators for live events.”

John Lee, Chair of NABA’s Cybersecurity Sub-Committee, adds, “Vendors play a key role in cybersecurity, and NABA is committed to working with the vendor community to instill a culture of cybersecurity from the contract stage to implementation, to operations. Our panels at the SVG Summit will kick off this dialogue, which we plan to develop throughout 2024.”

The NABA keynote is entitled: “Content Credentials – Knowing What’s Really Real in the Era of Generative AI” and it will outline the prevailing threat of manipulated content to broadcast journalism, news, sports, and other curated media. Presenter, Bruce MacCormack, Principal of Neural Transform, is a member of the Partnership on AI steering committee on AI and Media Integrity. He is also a founder and co-lead of Project Origin – the BBC, New York Times, CBC/Radio-Canada and Microsoft media provenance initiative.

The keynote will be followed by a NABA panel on “Broadcasting in an Ever-Hostile Threat Environment,” which will focus on the evolution of the threat landscape and what broadcasters can do to protect themselves. Moderated by John Lee, the session panelists include Josh Arensburg (Verizon Business Group, CTO, Media & Entertainment); Carlo Joseph (Paramount/CBS, SVP, Information Security Strategy and Governance); Kristen Maynes (PwC, Cybersecurity Partner); and John Naylor (Ross Video, Director of Product Security).

To cap off the morning session, Gary Olson will moderate a panel entitled “Protecting the Sports Production Supply Chain,” which will provide an overview of how broadcast technology and service providers are working to protect the sports production supply chain from disruption.

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