3 Top Tips to Improve the IT Security at Your Sport & Leisure Venue

Henry Bevan, October 30, 2019

As thousands of people use your stadium and entertainment venue, your IT infrastructure has thousands of weak points that malware can exploit. Discover how the right IT security protects your network and enables your business to drive forward with no interruption…

People who visit your stadium or entertainment venue demand an experience. BYOD policies with topnotch connectivity and mobility are proven ways to boost visitor experience, but they can come at a price. All the connected devices can place extreme stress on your network and open you up to ransomware and malware attacks.

According to SonicWall, in the first 6 months of 2019, the number of ransomware attacks surged by 15% to 110.9 million. The UK witnessed 6,426,486 attacks impacting businesses.

Globally, there were 4.8 billion malware attacks in the first half of 2019, and as BYOD policies continue to become the new normal, it’s likely these figures will keep climbing.

Due to the sheer volume of footfall entering your entertainment venue, you need to make sure you have IT security that fortifies your stadium, concert hall or hotel.

Get Proactive Network Security

Network Security does what its says on the tin. It is IT security that protects your network from unauthorised access. It keeps your usability, integrity and reliability intact.

Hackers are sophisticated. They often identify the latest technology trends before businesses. They’re two steps ahead. This makes hospitality venues vulnerable.

Network security should not just protect and respond quickly to threats, it should seek them out and stop them before they do any damage. With 24/7 monitoring, malware and ransomware can be detected before they wreck the IT infrastructure.

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Scrutinise Endpoint Security and Internet Security

Every month, fans connect to your network. This means hundreds to thousands of devices, on top of your mission-critical machines, put immeasurable stress on your network. Check your endpoint security to make sure you’re not getting any nasty surprises.

Endpoint security protects your infrastructure at a device level. Any mobile, laptop or tablet connected to your WiFi can be prevented from accessing websites or material your IT security flags as malicious. This is the simplest way you can fortify your venue and prevent any unnecessary downtime.

The next step is to beef up your internet security with software firewalls, anti-malware and anti-spyware. This enables you to shield the data that flows between any connected device and your servers. You protect all data and information used to access browsers, emails or any other web-based application.

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Stress Test Your IT Security

You can stop being paranoid about your IT security by arranging for a penetration test from your trusted Managed IT Support Provider. A penetration test is a controlled and systematic attack that replicates the processes most hackers take. You can then identify the areas in your infrastructure that need improvement and then put the right precautions in place.

By stress testing your IT security your stadium and entertainment venue can qualify ISO or GDPR certification.

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FAQs
What is Ransomware?

Ransomware accesses sensitive information, shuts you out and only lets you back in once you’ve paid the hackers a hefty fee.

What is Malware?

Ransomware is a branch of malware. Others include viruses, trojan viruses, spyware and worms.

 


If you’re looking to improve your stadium or entertainment venue’s IT security, contact your local account management team today...

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