Keeping your events safe with cyber security
The risk of a cyber-attack is an eminent concern that troubles all event planners while delivering events. Understanding the risk is the first important step towards deploying the right protection measures on your event and attendees’ data. Due to the automation of an increasing number of planning and management processes, we are witnessing that a growing volume of event data is being shared and moving to ‘the cloud’ making cyber security a primary focus.
The level of response should be adapted both to the actual and future risks. Consequently, the role of event planners expands further to evaluating how exposed their clients and partners are, as well as aligning the right solution against possible risks.
Often, avoiding a cyber crisis comes down to properly controlling a potential cyber incident before, during, and after it unfolds. Based on the level of risk, there is a 3-step response to keep you alert of cyber security issues.
Teaching the basic principles of computer security is the first step. Your guests and attendees should be made aware of the risks revolving around their data and event planners ought to make sure they suggest simple, straightforward actions to preserve data integrity. Of course, the ground rules about passwords are important to bear in mind, but there are also other areas to consider, especially related to travel risks, such as logging into a network in foreign countries, etc.
The second step concerns the protection of the data itself. It is necessary to create a computer shield that will withstand potential attacks and ensure that the computers and other connected devices are protected by technical solutions, such as antivirus software, encrypted data, and secure connections.
Last but not least, the third step is to ensure that the environment where the devices are located is safe. From the non-disclosure of premises used in advance, to locating and blocking spying equipment, micro-spy, mini-cameras, or other listening systems and information capture, the solutions vary depending on the level of risk. All these measures ensure that the information communicated within the event space won’t be captured and that devices such as mobile phones, tablets or computers cannot be scanned remotely.
Co-authored by Laurence Julliard, ICT Business Director, MCI Group, and Emmanuel Andre, Heath, Safety and Security expert, MCI Group.