3rd Annual Securing Online Gaming, London, 3rd October 2017
"We wanted to make sure we could focus on improving product delivery [but] we needed controls to reduce the risk around access management for the developers,"
Vasile Dorca, Head of Security Compliance and Assurance at Paddy Power Betfair
“[Cyberattacks are] constant, which means we’re using a lot of technology to stop those patterns of behaviour. How do you spot a pattern that’s different from the normal? [One way is ] by deploying machine learning algorithms,”
Finbarr Joy, chief technology officer at William Hill
Gaming and gambling companies face some of the most challenging cyber-security problems around. They can be attacked by everyone from bored teens to organised crime. Direct attacks are common but customers can also be scammed via forums and fake sites, as recently when hackers stole 2.5 million PlayStation and Xbox players' details from two popular gaming forums and managed to take details including email addresses, passwords and IP addresses, it has recently been revealed. It has taken more than a year for the attack to be made public.
Sometimes attacks are just annoying. When the Cyberwolf gang took over the Twitter accounts of gaming firms Square Enix and Just Cause they did so just to hurl insults. Still, it took several hours for the hack to be noticed. But mostly they are dangerous and expensive.
And unlike most businesses, even small periods of downtime can be ruinously costly. November's William Hill DDoS attacks caused multiple outages over a 24-hour period which, pro-rating a day's revenues, could have cost up to £4.4 million. And the hackers know when best to strike. When Phantom Squad and PoodleCorp claimed responsibility for taking down the Steam and Origin servers with a DDoS attack, they chose a key holiday period. Important sporting events are another obvious target.
So what are their biggest challenges and what are the solutions?
The 3rd e-Crime 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.