TPN Updates MPA Best Practices to Include Hardening Guidelines for Software Application Providers

Updates Enhance Members’ Ability to Provide Content Security Preparedness Information on TPN+ Platform

LOS ANGELES – August 30, 2023 Trusted Partner Network (TPN), the leading industry content security initiative, today announced it has released Version 5.2 of the Motion Picture Association (MPA) Content Security Best Practices. This enhancement will help companies of all sizes across the entire media chain further manage their security vulnerabilities. 

The updates in the Best Practices include a crucial requirement for Software Application Providers to provide hardening guidelines, which comprise the security measures and best practices on applications to prevent cyber-attacks. The TPN+ platform will now serve as the centralized repository for these important documents at a version level for TPN members to update and/or source in line with TPN’s mission to raise industry security standards. 

In addition, the new version introduces a more in-depth approach to the  Best Practices that addresses  remote content handling, work-from-home, physical assets, and data centers, which enables enhanced scoping for the TPN assessment. 

TPN+ and the accompanying TPN assessment questionnaire have also been updated to make it easier for Service / Software Provider members to manage  their profiles and assessments, and communicate  their security preparedness status to Content Owners. 

TPN continues to provide clear minimum security preparedness requirements via the Best Practices and Additional Recommendations (previously referred to as Implementation Guidance) in a framework that supports varying levels of acceptable risk. This gives members a holistic picture of security status by topic, which also helps Service Providers create a thorough Security Remediation Plan, if necessary.

“The update demonstrates TPN’s commitment to progress and to creating an environment that facilitates gathering and responding to feedback from our members,” said Crystal Pham, Vice President, Operations and Product Management at TPN. “This ongoing collaboration provides us with the opportunity to continually evolve the Best Practices, improve the assessment process, and enhance the user experience. Part of our initiative includes the regular release of Best Practice revisions.”

Maintained by TPN, the MPA Best Practices provides a critical framework and recommendations for securely managing and protecting content in the cloud and on-site, including work-from-home and software applications. TPN also leverages the MPA Best Practices to develop the TPN assessment questionnaire.

With a growing membership of more than 650 Content Owners, Service Providers, and Software Application companies across 52 countries, TPN is continuously focused on easing security assessment fatigue, making the assessment process more straightforward, and implementing clear, concise, and comprehensive best practices for the media and entertainment industry while raising the bar for industry security standards. By constantly gathering feedback and insights from member companies, industry partners, and adapting to emerging trends, the updated MPA Best Practices serve as a security benchmark managed to keep pace with industry transformation and technology evolution.

The MPA Content Security Best Practices V5.2 are available online here


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