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Farncombe Launches Pay-TV Security Validation Programme

BASINGSTOKE, England February 10, 2011

The two-step programme involves first filling in a self-administered questionnaire to gauge compliance with certain objective minimum security requirements (MSRs) – which if satisfactorily completed then opens the door to a comprehensive review and validation process.

Andrew Glasspool

If a CA system fails to comply with the Farncombe MSRs, the vendor receives a full report explaining which measures it failed on and which aspects need to be rectified before it can be re-submitted or taken to a full review at a later date.

Andrew argues that this should benefit all the main industry players. "They get to identify the up-and-coming products and create a security road-map for their businesses going forward; while the vendors can call on an independent and respected expert opinion to show that they are in a position to support the requirements of both operators and content-providers."

US studio HBO acknowledged the benefit of having a third-party security auditor provide a summary review of security system details. "Validation of expectations (or expected performance) of security systems by expert organizations is essential for content companies to have comfort with systems used to securely distribute our valuable content," it said.

Abe Peled

Nagravision – another top firm in the security field – said: "Nagravision has known and worked alongside Farncombe for 10 years in the field of pay-TV security. Their independence and expertise in the area of conditional access and DRM technology is trusted by operators and content security vendors alike. Nagravision can unhesitatingly recommend them as leading experts in the content security field."

The documentation required to apply for the security validation programme and to be assessed by Farncombe’s content security practice can be obtained from Farncombe on application. A number of security technology companies have already applied and been assessed.

About Farncombe Consulting Group

The Farncombe Consulting Group ( is a specialised professional services firm operating in the broad digital video technology, telecoms and digital media sectors. Initially focused on pay-TV and digital TV technology through founder company Farncombe Technology, it has since grown into a globally-recognized television consultancy, servicing a large international client roster that includes broadcasters, operators, telcos, hardware and software suppliers and a variety of government, regulatory bodies and private equity companies.

The Group comprises a number of practice areas covering a wide range of core skills. These include: Content Security, Strategy, Technology Consulting, Programme Management, System Integration, Engineering Services, Test and Certification, Design and Training.


    For further information contact Farncombe as below:      Lara Lerville     Paris Office     +33-1-71-18-29-86     [email protected]   

SOURCE Farncombe Consulting Group

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