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29-Feb-2020

JT-NM publishes Cybersecurity report

You may have been fortunate to see the JT-NM Cybersecurity presentation on the EBU stand at IBC2019.  It showed the significant amount of work that has been used to explore vulnerabilities in media production products from a wide range of suppliers and showed a general picture of the results.

 

That work has now been published by the JT-NM and is available on their website

http://www.jt-nm.org/documents/security/jt-nm_cybersecurity_final_report_2020_02_26.pdf

 

It provides a valuable overview of the subject, with a breakdown of the vulnerabilities tested, a summary of the findings, a section debunking the some of the myths around security (helpful for end users) plus, importantly, recommendations for suppliers.

 

If you are non-technical or short of time, just read the three sections:- Introduction, Broadcast Industry Security Posture and General Recommendations.  It will be worth the time!

18-Nov-2019

New NMOS Steering Committee

The AMWA is pleased to announce the formation of an NMOS Steering Committee (NMOS Steering).  This will manage the project ownership and roadmap of the NMOS family of specifications.

 

It will provide both suppliers and end users the opportunity to set the overall strategy and direction of this important project.

 

The AMWA Board will select the members of NMOS Steering, based on the following criteria.  They must be:-

  • A public and vocal supporter of the NMOS work, as a supplier, service provider or end-user.

  • An active participant, which has demonstrated commitment to the adoption and implementation of the NMOS developments.

  • A Principal or General member of the AMWA.

  • Willing to give an 18 month commitment to the NMOS Steering Committee.

 

The Board will be responsible both for determining the initial membership and for maintaining this, seeking to achieve an appropriate balance between end-users and implementers.  Every 18 months the Board will evaluate each member and the overall make up of NMOS Steering.

 

The initial tasks of the NMOS Steering Committee will be:

  • To establish documented application profiles for specific types of systems to enhance interoperability.

  • To document the current NMOS roadmap by EOY 2019 for approval by the Board.

  • To establish an operating methodology of NMOS Steering, which will be in accordance with BCP-001-01.

 

Another early task will be governance around the IS-07 specification and its evolution.  The next stage of this project will explore the best practices in modelling devices, their capabilities and expectations, the goal being to make interoperability easier and to help customers define requirements for their interconnected systems. 

 

If your company fits the criteria above and you would like to contribute to this important committee, please let us know. Neil.Dunstan@AMWA.tv

 

Self-nomination by existing NMOS participants is encouraged.   The AMWA board will review the list of nominations and ensure the correct mix of contributors.  If chosen for NMOS Steering, members that are currently at Associate level will be expected to upgrade their membership to General or Principal within 30 days.

06-Sep-2019

Sep 2019 newsletter for IBC

The content of the newsletter can be read here!

19-Jun-2019

"JT-NM Tested" opportunity for products at IBC2019 IP Showcase

JT-NM Tested Program returns to the IP Showcase.  The JT-NM continues to partner with vendors and users to provide information that aids the transition to IP. As the industry’s use of IP matures, the JT-NM Tested program offers prospective purchasers of IP based equipment greater, more documented insight into how vendor equipment conforms to the SMPTE standards and AMWA NMOS specifications. Sponsored by the JT-NM and administered by the EBU and IRT, two top European technical bodies, vendors who submit equipment for evaluation will have the opportunity to list that equipment in a JT-NM Tested catalog which will be made publicly available at the IP Showcase booth and on-line.

 

For further details, please read the following message, posted on behalf of Bob Ruhl who is managing the application part of the process.

Subject: [jt-nm-adm] MOU for the face-to-face test event at Riedel, publication of JT-NM Tested results at IBC 2019 IP Showcase & Rules of Engagement 

Please forward the following message to your members.

 

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This MOU pertains to the face-to-face test event to be held during the week of August 19th at the Riedel facility in Wuppertal, Germany related to the Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) Qualified Test Event & the publication of JT-NM Tested results at the IBC 2019 IP Showcase in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from September 13, 2019 to September 17, 2019.

 

The link to the MOU document is here: 

http://vsf.tv/upcoming_events/MOU/Aug_2019_JT-NM-Tested-Event-at-Riedel-Wuppertal.pdf

 

The link to the Rules of Engagement document is here:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1mmYKg87yqb_i-hoc7ShgEzmYmKjiX_r7aRF6CyBOHlA/edit?usp=sharing

 

Please sign and return the MOU to Bob Ruhl (bob.ruhl1@verizon.net) by June 28, 2019 if you would like to participate.

 

After we receive your signed MOU you be provided with the link to a Google Doc where you will be asked to provide specific information regarding your participation in these events.  The Google Doc is planned to be available by June 24, 2019

 

If you have any questions please reply to Bob Ruhl.

 

Thank you,

 

Bob Ruhl

VSF Operations Manager/JT-NM Secretary

3-May-2019

AMWA NMOS Interoperable Security

AMWA’s NMOS Interoperable Security project is developing best practices for the use of AMWA NMOS APIs that both ensure security for the APIs as well as multi-vendor interoperability of that security.  In today’s IT environment, it is essential that API communication is authenticated & secure with fine-grained levels of authorization.

 

The first output of this project is the publication of Best Current Practice (BCP) 003-01, “Securing communications in NMOS APIs”, which specifies how to secure HTTP and WebSocket communications within NMOS APIs.   BCP 003-01 is based on the use of industry-standard TLS (Transport Layer Security) tunnels for HTTP (HTTPS) and WebSockets (WebSocket Secure aka WSS).  This ensures confidentiality and integrity of API messaging, as well as identification and authentication of API servers.  You can read BCP-003-01 here:

https://amwa-tv.github.io/nmos-api-security/best-practice-secure-comms.html

 

BCP 003-02 “Best Practice Authorization” is a work-in-progress (WIP), and specifies how to implement client authorization for the NMOS APIs.  BCP-003-02 is based on the OAuth 2.0 Authorization Framework (RFC 6749), and uses JSON Web Tokens (JWTs) as OAuth 2.0 bearer tokens and for client authorization (as per RFC 7523).  You can read the current draft of BCP-003-02 here:

https://amwa-tv.github.io/nmos-api-security/best-practice-authorisation.html

 

It is important that all implementers of AMWA NMOS APIs take note of this security work, as it will become essential in the future for all elements that utilize the NMOS APIs.

 

There will be a “Virtual Security Workshop” from June 3-7, 2019.  This virtual workshop will have regular web conferences to allow participation by companies in the USA, Europe and Asia.   Participants will then connect to a L2 SoftEther VPN server located in a public cloud, and will attempt interoperation using VPN tunnels over the Internet.  A Slack channel will be available for instant messaging between participants.  Since the data rates for the NMOS APIs are fairly low, such a virtual workshop is possible, and far cheaper than a physical workshop where people and equipment need to travel to a specific geographical location.

 

To participate in the NMOS Interoperable Security project, please use the contact form at the top of this page.

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