SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - September 13, 2016) - Nation-E, a global leader in cyber protection for critical infrastructure, has identified a number of exposed layers within sports arenas and stadiums throughout the U.S. that are acutely vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Idan Udi Edry, CEO at Nation-E, will make a formal announcement about the cyber threats major sports stadiums are susceptible to at the 2016 New York Cyber Security Summit on September 21, 2016.
Based on past sporting events that have been affected by cybercrime, malfunctions caused by cyber-attacks can impact the integrity of the game played and cause a potential havoc during the game. Moreover, direct cyber-attacks against sporting events can create a chain reaction of detrimental repercussions affecting multiple sectors including insurance, regulated gaming, sports broadcasting, advertising, ticket revenue, sports merchandise, professional athleticism and more.
In the last three decades, power outages have disrupted several major sporting events around the world, including Super Bowl XLVII (2013), Argentina vs. Brazil Soccer Match (2012), Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears NFL Football game (2010), 1989 Baseball World Series Game 3 and more. There are solid indications that such events took place in European soccer leagues, including the German Bundesliga raising concerns about deliberate attacks. These cases demonstrate the potential harm such an event can inflict if made happen as part of a well-planned cyber-attack. Currently, cyber specialists understand that hackers and attackers have both the capabilities and motivation to target sports stadiums/arenas and international sporting events. Hackers and cyber-criminals are driven by various motives, including political and ideological beliefs, economic value, related criminal activity spilling over to cyberspace, strategic gains and other issues pertaining to national security. All these factors create a new impending threat to sports stadiums and complexes.
Similar to smart buildings and structures, large-scale sports complexes utilize computer-based systems that monitor, manage and control various electrical and electromechanical functions, including:
- Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC)
- Power distribution and consumption
- Engineering/fire safety
- Elevator control
- Security, observation and surveillance
- Illumination control
- Building access control
- Renewable energy
While these centralized systems can bring greater efficiency, enhance safety, and increase the reliability of sports stadiums, they also make the structures susceptible to hacking and cyber-attacks due to the interface of operational technology (OT) with IT/wireless networks and the internet. Accordingly, such attacks have a wide-scale impact and have the potential to shutdown business operations, disrupt critical functions and services, compromise sensitive information and inflict physical damage.
"Since any connected device that controls critical functions within a stadium is vulnerable, hackers who manage to penetrate the BMS can inflict devastating damage to key operations," said Idan Udi Edry, CEO at Nation-E. "We have seen examples of these kinds of attacks for many years. Now, as hackers gain confidence with their cyber-attack capabilities, the need for a cutting-edge, extensive and preventive approach for cyber threats has become paramount."
To address the exposed risks that make sports stadiums susceptible to cyber-attacks, Edry will make an official announcement at this year's New York Cyber Security Summit on September 21, 2016, at 4 p.m., just before the event's cocktail reception. At the reception, Nation-E's featured keynote speaker, James Woolsey, former CIA Director and national security and energy specialist, will be giving closing remarks and sharing his insights on the current state of cybersecurity in the U.S.
For more information about Nation-E and its last mile cyber protection for critical infrastructure assets and IoT technologies, please visit www.Nation-E.com.
Nation-E, founded in 2012 by Daniel Jammer, innovates cybersecurity for industrial IoT (IIoT), building technologies that enable the next generation of industrial IT (Industry 4.0). Its solution adapts IT security best practices into IIoT and securely bridges the gap between the isolated operational technology (OT) domain and the IT domain.
Israel-based Nation-E recently expanded its footprint into the United States with two new offices. One in Silicon Valley, home to many of the world's largest technology corporations, and another in New York City, which houses the company's showroom and features Nation-E's technology solutions for industrial infrastructure and smart grid environments. For more information, please visit www.Nation-E.com.