Hands-on Cybersecurity for Media Broadcast Engineers and Technicians

Hands-on Cybersecurity for Media Broadcast Engineers and Technicians


Strong cybersecurity is a must for broadcast engineers and technicians in production. Cyberattacks are a major risk for broadcasters. Several major hacks have occurred in recent years showing the tremendous damage that cyberattacks can have on the media industry. 

As an engineer or technician, you need to learn about IT vulnerabilities in theory and practice. Join this hands-on face to face Master Class to make sure that your equipment and work processes are cyberattack proof. You will get the skills and knowledge to identify equipment vulnerabilities, secure working processes and mitigate the risks of cyberattacks on your production.  

Through demos and hands-on exercises, learn about the different types of vulnerabilities that production equipment and processes are exposed to, how to test equipment and in turn do your best to mitigate cybersecurity risks.  

For its second run, the Master Class will be hosted at the VRT in Brussels

Who it's for

  • Broadcast production technicians and engineers.
  • Professionals with little or no media cybersecurity knowledge and experience.
  • This course will only accept a maximum of 12 people on a first come first served basis.

Course Outline

Day 1

  • What are vulnerabilities? 
  • Security in broadcast
  • “Hands-on”: vulnerability exercise
  • Vulnerabilities and what to do about them

Day 2

  • CVSS hands-on exercise
  • Case studies
  • ​​​​​​​Discuss your own challenges with peers and experts in a safe environment

Skills learnt

Business: Understand the cyber risks that production equipment constitute for in your media organization
Safety and Security: Learn about cybersecurity essentials. Learn how to assess and mitigate vulnerabilities of your production equipment and network. Play an active part in the cybersecurity of your media organization.


Trainees will have the opportunity to test various types of equipment using vulnerability scanners and tools.


Day 1: 13:00 to 17:30
Day 2: 09:00 to 13:00

Meet your faculty

Gerben Dierick

Chief Information Security Officer at VRT

Gerben Dierick is Chief Information Security Officer at VRT, and co-chair of the EBU Media Cyber Security group. He has worked in and lectured on cybersecurity for over 20 years. Gerben enjoys digging deep into the technical details as well as working on the human and policy level.

Jakob Pfister

IT security engineer at ARGE Rundfunk-Betriebstechnik's Information Security and Technology dept

IT security engineer at ARGE Rundfunk-Betriebstechnik's Information Security and Technology dept. (common subsidiary of ARD and ZDF in Germany).
Jakob started as a broadcast system engineer (mainly testing NLEs/Storage) and shifting focus to security over time.  Since 2012, Jakob has been working full time in IT security covering topics such as Penetration-Testing Broadcast (and other IT-) Systems, building custom testing-software and auditing concepts and deployments. Furthermore, Jakob has been giving training courses on IT security and pushing open source software. Jakob is active in EBU MCS group with focus on security testing.