RTL Belgium,a subsidiary of Europe’s largest commercial broadcasting group, is market leader in French-speaking Belgium. Every day, over two million people view one of their television channels and its radio stations reach almost 600,000 listeners each per day. “Media groups have a big impact and are very visible in our daily lives. Soyou can imagine that we are becoming an interesting target for hackers”, says Maxime Masset, IT Security Systems Administrator.

The media industry is experiencing an immense digital transformation.From recordings to broadcasting: everything is digital. “Broadcast without IT has become mission impossible,” says Maxime Masset. In this setting IT security is currently one of the major challenges for RTL Belgium’s IT department. An additional challenge for the IT department is that security is often seen as a financial burden. Sometimes it is also seen as an obstacle hindering productivity. “It was vital to first demonstrate the importance of security for our computer park and to find efficient solutions that are as transparent as possible, at a reasonable price”, says Maxime Masset.


Initially, RTL Belgium decided to upgrade to the most recent version of Trend Micro OfficeScan solution with ‘behavior monitoring’ and integrates machine learning. Maxime Masset: “Last year, we have implemented the sandbox function via the Deep Discovery Analyzer. This guarantees an even more proactive security, as suspicious files are opened in a completely secured/closed environment to observe their behavior before they are forwarded to the recipient over our network.”

Blocking threats

From the upgrade of OfficeScan and the installation of the sandbox solution onwards, no ransomware attack has been successful. “This is undoubtedly the biggest advantage of the collaboration with Trend Micro. Right now, we block up to 20 threats each month thanks to the sandbox, and fifty more thanks to OfficeScan.Today, our users can work in a protected environment, efficiently and without fear. We experience hardly any delay despite the greatly improved security