Torque Video Systems DVStor Deflects Ransomware Attacks

Torque Video Systems has announced that deployments of its cost-effective DVStor disaster recovery playout systems at TV stations has been expanded to deflect ransomware attacks.

Additionally, its Electronic Couch Potato (ECP) is gaining traction as a substitute for Slingbox at cable operators and telcos.

Danny Wilson, Founder and CEO of Torque Video Systems said: “Malicious cyber threats and ransomware attacks in recent months have impacted several industries, and broadcast operations not unscathed. Staffing shortages and COVID-19 restrictions are bad enough, but the implications of a station going off-air are particularly severe. These days, having an air-gapped DVStor at the transmitter provides multi-day reliable disaster recovery playout in the event of ransomware incidents. The DVStor assures that broadcast stations remain on-air even though their entire operations may be disrupted, keeping ad revenue flowing in. A small price for peace of mind.”

He added: “In this business of solving problems in all types of broadcast environments, Torque offers customised solutions to meet operational requirements. With the phasing out the Slingbox in 2022, customers are optimizing our ECP applications performance – a pleasant welcome as the ECP also supports full telepresence, facilitating remote monitoring of output audio and video content.”

Torque DVStor is known for its compliance recording, disaster recovery and playout applications – providing exceptional cost performance in technically demanding environments. The Incremental File Transfer feature, for instance, is ideal for news organizations monitoring overseas news broadcasts and want full resolution clips back at their local studio. The DVStor can remotely acquire full resolution content and efficiently transfer it to a central “catcher” machine. The DVStor supports flexible, event-driven scheduling, facilitates set up of periodic schedules to acquire and transfer specific programs daily, weekly, and so on. Scheduled events can also be set with an expiration date, making the system perfect for catching the daily summaries of, for example, global sports events.

Torque ECP is designed to monitor and test video quality of experience. This economical, compact, palm-sized monitoring probe monitors true customer viewing experience by providing measurements from the end-point of the content delivery chain: the Set Top Box (STB). Scanning through available channels or navigating through interactive content menus via an external IR transmitter, the ECP provides a single dashboard highlighting service quality across all channels.