- A new organization is working to mitigate the cyberthreats athletic organizations are facing, trying to deter doxing, phishing scams, data breaches and other cybersecurity concerns sports organizations face, according to a FedScoop report.
- The Cyber Resilience Institute is one of the first organizations dedicated to information sharing and analysis in sports, and will work to "monitor, report and respond" to cyberattacks against sports organizations.
- "We are starting to have a dialogue with [the Department of Homeland Security] about mission space as it relates to critical infrastructure, sporting events and where we can align," said Doug DePeppe, co-founder of the Cyber Resilience Institute, according to the report.
As the use of technology continues to grow in business and society, cybersecurity concerns are broadening into new areas. The North American professional sports market is expected to be worth $73.5 billion by 2019, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. In addition to the high market value, data is used more and more in sports in a variety of ways, creating a need for threat intelligence and response services.
Such a profitable industry can be particularly prone to malicious actors, looking to either expose information or cause a nuisance for a sports organization.
DePeppe said the institute will work to protect professional, college and high school sports organizations. It may also work with the Department of Homeland Security to share threat information.
Threat information sharing is on the rise as organizations work to combat cybercrime across sectors. In June, DHS rolled out its new rules for how companies can share threat intelligence, setting up incentives for businesses who participate. Cybersecurity vendors are also ramping up efforts to share data on cyberthreats, both with each other and customers.