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A #whole new #ball game: #Sports world #adapts to #growing #cybersecurity #threats

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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In the #cybersecurity #world, you have to expect the #unexpected

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Mary O’Brien of IBM Security tells us how her love of maths led her to a career in the infosec industry, protecting customers in the age of cyber.

Mary O’Brien is the vice-president of engineering at IBM Security.

With more than 30 years of industry experience and a bachelor’s in engineering from Dublin City University, O’Brien is a lifelong engineer, and has worked for such global brands as Motorola.

She joined IBM in 2007 before moving to IBM Security as the director of infrastructure, growing her portfolio over the following years.

O’Brien leads a global team of 2,000 research and development professionals focused on delivering IBM’s extensive security product portfolio. Her mission is to incubate new ideas while partnering with IBM Research to study and understand the evolution of technology and the ever-changing threat landscape.

Describe your role and what you do.
I manage a global team of research and development engineers responsible for the innovation, development and evolution of the IBM Security portfolio of products. We work in conjunction with IBM Research, identifying, proving and evolving state-of-the-art capability to solve cybersecurity problems today and in the future.

How do you prioritise and organise your working life?

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InfoSec World 2018

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General Cybersecurity Conference

 March 19 – 21, 2018 | Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States

Cybersecurity Conference Description

InfoSec World 2018 Conference & Expo is bringing together CISOs, CIOs, CTOs and other security practitioners who will share hands-on and practical advice on a wide range of security topics. From understanding your adversary to learning about the 0-day exploit market to bridging the gap between the technical and business aspects of security, InfoSec World 2018 will offer a chance for security professionals to learn something new and analyze ideas with peers.

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The #World Needs a #Cyber Peace #Corps

The #World Needs a #Cyber Peace #CorpsSource: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Hackers around the world are attacking targets as diverse as North Dakota’s state government, the Ukrainian postal service, and a hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia. Unfortunately, many governments—in the developing world, and even cash-strapped states and local communities in the United States—lack the skills to effectively protect […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com | Can You Be Hacked?

Reflections on the 2017 World Anti-Bullying Forum

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ The inaugural World Anti-Bullying Forum was held in Sweden this week (where the cherry blossoms were blooming!), and I had the honor of representing the Cyberbullying Research Center and the International …

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Africa is least committed to cybersecurity than the rest of the world

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Global cybersecurity threats are real and there is an ongoing malware attack after the recent WannaCry ransomware that infected millions of computers …

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US cyber expert warns world is losing war against hackers

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Governments and businesses globally need to rethink the ways they deal with cyberattacks because what they are doing today is “manifestly not working,” Michael Daniel, a former cybersecurity adviser to US President Barak Obama told The Times of Israel on the sidelines of a cyber conference in Tel Aviv this…

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Online Fraud: Keeping Your Finances and Identity Safe on the World Wide Web

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Online Fraud: Keeping Your Finances and Identity Safe on the World Wide Web

In today’s modern age of digital currency and intangible possession, identity theft can occur swiftly and silently, thousands of miles away from your location. Gone are the days of fending off thieves with a well-placed kick and a baseball bat, as crimes in the digital age, including online fraud, occur…

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Microsoft says ransomware hack a ‘wake-up call’ for world governments

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Microsoft says ransomware hack a ‘wake-up call’ for world governments

Global governments should treat a massive international cyber attack that struck last week as a wake-up call and should feel a “renewed determination for more urgent collective action,” the chief legal officer of Microsoft has said. Writing in a blog post, Brad Smith said that the multinational technology company had been working around the clock since Friday to help customers …

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Anonymous warns world to ‘prepare’ for World War 3

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Anonymous warns world to ‘prepare’ for World War 3

The infamous hacktivist group Anonymous has released a chilling new video — urging people across the globe to “prepare” for World War 3 — as the US and North Korea continue to move “strategic pieces into place” for battle. “All the signs of a looming war on the Korean peninsula are surfacing,” the group says in the ominous six-minute clip, …

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