According to a new study by BlueVoyant, the percentage of media companies susceptible to compromise is double the figure across all other sectors.
The vendor performed a cybersecurity posture analysis on 485 organisations from the media industry. The findings were compiled in its Media Industry Cybersecurity Challenges report.
Prompt patching appeared a challenge for media companies, with 60% of identified systems still unprotected six weeks after a patch.
30% of the media companies analysed are exposed to compromise via vulnerabilities in their internet-facing, publicly accessible footprints. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could lead to serious problems, such as operational disruption and/or content theft.
Another challenge for the sector is the complexity of supply chains, according to the report.
50% of the top vendors providing content management solutions to the media industry were also found to have vulnerabilities in their products.
Dan Vasile, BlueVoyant’s Vice President of Strategic Development and Former Vice President of Information Security at Paramount, added “the digital supply chain is a common attack vector not only for the media, but all industries.”
“In order to improve their cyber-defence posture, media companies should continuously monitor their extended vendor ecosystem, using analysis to prioritize mitigation of the most critical findings.”
To improve supply-chain security, the vendor recommended that media companies scrutinised vendors. It is also reccommended that companies monitor the supply chain continually and, if available, use dedicated platforms to track vendors and their vulnerabilities.