5th Securing Online Gaming
October 17th 2019, London
The stakes are getting higher: How online gaming and gambling companies can stay ahead of the hackers
Online businesses with high-volume, low-value transaction models are extremely sensitive to website disruption.
This applies to many e-Commerce models now, from retail to fast food to taxis - but the online gaming and gambling sectors are particularly vulnerable, thanks to their combination of large financial flows and small staff and infrastructure.
DDoS attacks can cost hundreds of thousands of pounds an hour in lost revenues; redirects to fake websites can do the same; identity theft can expose sites to fraud and other liabilities; credit card payments mean PCI DSS compliance headaches; and under GDPR data privacy is a significant potential operational risk exposure to firms with so many users.
And these firms also face challenges and business drivers unique to the sector, with a key factor being the nature of their consumer base.
Gamblers are by definition risk-takers, and gamers frequently develop 'hacks' and mods to make games more enjoyable. From a social engineering angle, games often develop active communities into which cybercriminals can easily insert themselves to gain access to privileged information, without being expected to disclose a verifiable identity.
Gamers are wising up to cybersecurity, making it a factor in deciding where and what they play. A recent survey found that three-quarters of gamers worry about security threats in the future of the gaming sector.
But they're not making it easy for platforms to secure their data, with many still leaving themselves vulnerable - 55% say they reuse passwords across accounts for online services, and the average gamer has experienced five cyberattacks.
Users like these pose their own unusual threats to security, through carelessness or malice, adding to the already significant problems the sector faces.
So how can CISOs in these sectors beat both the bad guys and the odds?
The 5th Securing Online Gaming will cover these and other key subjects for its audience of professionals tasked with safeguarding digital assets and sensitive data. There will be real-life case studies, strategic talks and technical break-out sessions from security teams behind some of the world's most admired brands, who know, just like you, that security is now more important to business than ever.