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Security Is a Lot of Nonstop Work

Posted in Engineering on Jul 10, 2017

Wayne Pecena preaches the gospel of appropriate protections

Radio World: Give us the “10,000-foot view” on internet security in the broadcast plant.

Wayne Pecena: Security is an ongoing process that, unfortunately, tends to be treated as a one-time, set-it-up-and-forget-it event. It involves continuous assessment, monitoring and action steps.

Security is a lot of nonstop work. For the broadcast engineer actively engaged in maintaining the station technical plant, network security is the “Permanent Employment Act.”


Court Strikes Down Drone Registration Rule

Posted in Engineering on May 19, 2017

Model aircraft enthusiast successfully challenges FAA requirement

Deborah D. McAdams, TV Technology

WASHINGTON—A federal court has struck down the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone registration rule. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today ruled in favor of John Taylor, a Washington, D.C. model aircraft enthusiast who challenged the FAA’s registration requirement in court.

“The 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act provides that the FAA ‘may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft,’ yet the FAA’s 2015 Registration Rule is a ‘rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft.’ Statutory interpretation does not get much simpler. The registration rule is unlawful as applied to model aircraft,” the ruling stated.


FCC: Commission Hit By DDoS Attacks

Posted in Engineering on May 08, 2017

John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable

Amidst reports that John Oliver`s segment on Title II on Sunday night`s Last Week Tonight on HBO had created a flood of comments that brought down the FCC`s comment site, the FCC released a statement saying it had been hit by a denial-of-service attack.

The statement came from chief information officer Dr. David Bray about delays experienced by "consumers" trying to file comments. He did not specify the net neutrality docket.


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