LOS ANGELES—The Trusted Partner Network (TPN), a major film and television content security initiative, has announced that it is expanding its program to better serve the media and entertainment industry as the industry moves to conduct much of its business in the cloud.
TPN is a division of the Motion Picture Association (MPA). Since it launched in 2018, TPN has worked to establish security benchmarks and a site security assessment to prevent content leaks and piracy.
Over the next 12 months, TPN will roll out its enhanced program including updated security best practice guidelines for cloud workflows; a simplified qualification onboarding process for all TPN assessors; an enhanced “Gold Assessment Program” for application, site and cloud workflows; and a new “Blue Self-Attestation Program” to provide vendors with the ability to report alternate security certifications to support the urgent need for a centralized, confidential and flexible content security solution.
“TPN is growing to keep pace with an industry where security threats are more insidious and sophisticated, and work in the cloud has become the new norm,” said TPN president Terri Davies. “Our expanded program will embrace all the ways work gets done in our industry today while growing capacity, making it easier for service providers to ensure they are meeting security benchmarks and for content owners to make more informed independent vendor selections from a more accessible and centralized solution.”
As part of the expansion, TPN will begin a pilot program next month to test, evaluate and elicit feedback to its expanded guidelines. The pilot program will include the participation of leading creative service providers, as well as cloud security subject matter experts from the MPA’s six member companies, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and Convergent Risks.
In June, TPN plans to launch a streamlined qualification program for security assessors. The new criteria will encompass application, site and cloud security. The process of qualifying assessors will continue to be uniform, objective, and accessible globally. TPN understands the need to increase cloud security audit expertise and by changing the method of qualification to be a TPN assessor, expects it will greatly expand global capacity to meet the growing industry need.
This fall, TPN will publish expanded best practice guidelines covering application, site and cloud workflows.
The new guidelines will be used to develop TPN’s Gold Assessment Program, to launch in Q1 2023, which will enable vendors to measure and report conformity to the industry’s most recognized standards.
TPN will also launch its Blue Self-Attestation Program in Q1 2023. The Blue program will provide a flexible framework for vendors to self-attest and report compliance with various alternate security control sets. Self-attestation data will be available to TPN content owner partners for use in making independent risk assessments of their vendor. The program will serve as a single-source-of-truth for security information and is intended to reduce the need for multiple vendor audits.
Davies stressed that TPN will be proactive in responding to future changes in technology, workflow practices and security issues.
“At the MPA, we are committed to the belief that our industry is stronger together than apart and we are driven to protect the work that our members create for audiences around the world,” she said. “We continue to build momentum on the great foundation that the TPN program has in place to reduce effort, time and cost related to security assessments in our industry while ensuring the highest standards are maintained. We are also committed to supporting our studio members and vendors with the tools and information they need to collaborate productively, securely and in the trusted environment provided by TPN.”
The Trusted Partner Network is owned and managed by the Motion Picture Association. More information is available at www.TTPN.org.
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George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.