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Imagine the fallout if the NHL was hacked and its star players — think Sidney Crosby, Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid — had their home addresses, phone numbers and other personal information made accessible online.

It’s an all-too-familiar scenario for Canadian lacrosse player Kevin Crowley, who was among the victims of a data breach that affected Major League Lacrosse last summer, when a spreadsheet with the personal details of every player in the league and former players was mistakenly made available to an unintended audience.

“To be completely candid, we talked about it on our team and I don’t think anyone was all that surprised that something like that could have happened,” said the 29-year-old New Westminster, B.C., native, who was a No. 1 draft pick in the MLL and the National Lacrosse League.

“As lacrosse players we’re not making millions of dollars a year, but I can imagine if an NHL or NFL or NBA player got their account hacked, that’d be a much bigger deal in terms of what they could probably take out of their accounts.”

Cybersecurity has become a growing concern in sports leagues and players’ associations around the world in the wake of several data breaches and unrelenting waves of hacking attempts.

Just days before the MLL hack went public last August it was also revealed the Russian cyberespionage group Fancy Bears had obtained what it said was confidential medical data on soccer players who had drug exemptions for the 2010 World Cup. The group released a similar trove of documents about a year earlier that it said revealed drug test results of tennis star Serena Williams and others from the World Anti-Doping Agency. WADA confirmed at the time that it had been hacked.

On Wednesday, the U.K.-based cybersecurity company Darktrace announced it is now providing the NHL Players’ Association with an artificial intelligence-powered service to help protect player data such as personal contacts and contract details.

“For most sporting leagues, their information in many ways is their currency,” said Darktrace spokesman David Masson.

“It’s the data about their organization, how they work, how they train, how they pay, how much they receive, it’s all in there and for many of them there’s potential of theft, reputational damage, there’s potential for the network to be brought down.”

Stephen Frank, who has been the NHLPA’s director of technology and security since 2012, recalls there were no real hacking threats on the web back when he started on the job. In those days, each player in the league was set up with a dial-up internet account to stay in touch with the union.

Nowadays, there are huge concerns around social media-linked attacks and phishing attempts that involve being hacked after clicking on an innocent-looking link.

“These players are deep-pocketed, high net-worth individuals of some status, so whether it’s someone trying to exploit them through ransom or someone who wants to undermine the integrity of their online social media, phishing is generally still the most visited route of a bad actor,” Frank said, adding the threats linked to social media are multi-faceted.

“There is the whole side of getting their account breached and taken over, there are impersonation accounts that can be very detrimental to a player’s brand and/or employability, but you also have a situation where you have followers retweeting and inserting nefarious links that will confer malware.”

Given that today’s young players are digital natives who were typically active on social media before becoming stars, there’s an important need to educate about “proper online hygiene” and security trends, starting with a rookie orientation program, Frank said.

“Top to bottom, young players through old, I would say (all players) are very educated,” he said.

“We also stress the importance of their brand, perhaps not only as a rookie but throughout their career and life after hockey as well. We take it very seriously, the players are well-educated from the day they step into the league from the day they depart.”

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Sports Cyber Security Business Leader

Source: National Cyber Security News

NBCUniversal  – Minneapolis, MN

The Sports Cyber Security Business Leader will be a lead contributor to the NBC Universal Cyber Security organization, responsible for executing and contributing to the cyber security strategy and maintaining operational engagement with key Sports leaders.

The Cyber Security Business Leader will assess business cyber security practices and provide recommendations on the implementation of security controls, technologies and supporting workflows consistent with the NBC Universal cyber security strategy. Additionally, executing the Sports cyber security program with accountability for delivery and measurement consistent with organizational objectives and standards. This position requires an experienced security professional, ideally with experience in the media and entertainment industry in customer facing roles.

A successful candidate is expected to understand and articulate business operational processes and risks while leveraging existing internal and external business and technology resources to provide program and project related insight. Clear and concise oral and written communication are required.

Responsibilities:

Advise and lead the execution of a comprehensive cyber security risk-based program for NBC Universal’s Sports business.
Provide insight and seek support from the enterprise NBC Universal Cyber Security function to inform and align with the Sports strategy
Support cyber security organization leadership in the identification and communication of relevant cyber security-related issues, risks and events, including leading operational engagement and supporting metrics for measuring cyber security maturity
Keep abreast of cyber security trends, with an ability to articulate security related themes and principles in to business terms
Drive the delivery of cyber security plans, implementations and leading practice controls, with an understanding of Active Defense security principles and strategies
Lead business engaged risk exercises to identify and measure risk posture and provide recommendations on mitigation strategies
Actively engage and support security incident response team in resolution and close of investigations of incidents with ownership of post mortem and remediation plans
Support the development of business-relevant metrics and key performance indicators to measure cyber security program maturity
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HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Examines Risks, Safety Efforts in Youth Football – Schooled in Sports – Education Week

In Tuesday night’s episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, the safety of youth football came under the microscope.

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Few States Meeting Guidelines for H.S. Football Concussion Prevention – Schooled in Sports – Education Week

Only 12 of 50 states are meeting three or more of the five high school football concussion-prevention recommendations from the National Federation of State High School Associations.

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Obesity Ranks as Second-Biggest Child-Health Concern Among Adults – Schooled in Sports – Education Week

Bullying is the only health-related concern for children that outpaces obesity among U.S. adults, according to the latest C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

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Protests During National Anthem Spreading to High School Sports – Schooled in Sports – Education Week

A number of high school athletes have followed in his footsteps of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in recent weeks, refusing to stand during the national anthem.

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ESPN’s ‘Outside the Lines’ Airs Special Report on Youth-Athlete Hazing – Schooled in Sports – Education Week

On Tuesday evening, ESPN’s Outside the Lines debuted an hour-long feature about the growing number of youth-athlete hazing incidents that have involved teammates sodomizing one another.

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Get Kids Psyched About the Olympics with Sports Games

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Pennsylvania to Enact Anti-Hazing Legislation for Secondary Schools – Schooled in Sports – Education Week

The bill would require all secondary schools to adopt a written anti-hazing policy, distribute it to all coaches, and post it on their websites.

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Single mother, sports enthusiast creates online dating site for sports fanatics

Being a single mother in the dating field has already proven to be tricky, and when you put that with trying to also find a match who loves sports just as much as you do within your norm of extracurricular activities, it can be even tougher. This is one of the reasons why, Hercillia “Cindy” Henderson decided to launch Stadium Dates. Read More….

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