How to Keep Your Event Tech Safe
The event industry has been dramatically transformed by continued advancements in modern technology. While that tech has made events better able to improve engagement and connectivity, it has also left them exposed to the dangers of cybercrime. Malicious intent by hackers can have a drastic and negative effect on those that are targeted, which means it is up to the event organizers to ensure that their own technologies are kept as safe and protected as possible.
In an age where event teams have to manage wearable tech, bespoke apps, and a bewildering array of old and new devices, cybersecurity can be tougher than ever to manage. Below are some pointers on what you need to do to keep the tech that you use safe from cyberthreats.
CONSOLIDATE TECH TOOLS
If members of your event team are using different devices, a variety of apps, and multiple types of software, then your cyber defenses will have holes. It can be costly, but consolidating and aligning those technologies will have a dramatic effect on the effectiveness of your cybersecurity. Vet your tools carefully and make sure that everyone in your team is using the same ones.
There’s a lot of data, spreadsheet actions, and admin to get through to plan and launch a successful event. The problem is that the more people using your systems, the more likely that hackers can gain control. Make sure that every member of your team has an awareness of endpoint security, laid out well here McAfee at www.mcafee.com. You should also limit data access to as few people as possible.
Still touted as one of the best ways to ensure that hackers have a problem breaking through your defenses, an aggressive system of password use is now essential. Passwords are one of your most effective ways to protect your tech. That means regularly changing them, avoiding standard passwords, and using a password manager to keep track. You should also implement multi-factor authentication for an added security boost.
When you're busy arranging guests and organizing venues, it can be very frustrating to have to stop just to update a piece of software. It’s this kind of thinking that will leave you vulnerable to cybercriminals. Basic security housekeeping is always going to leave your tech more secure, and that means more than simply changing your passwords once a week. You need to ensure that all of your systems and software are up to date, and that data access has not been given to people who no longer work with you.
HAVE A PLAN
Hackers can be persistent, and no system is ever going to be 100% secure against their focused attention. As well as ensuring that your team is aware of the latest types of cyberattack, you should also have a well-researched, and constantly updated response plan, in case of a security breach. If hackers do break into your tech, speed is going to be critical. Make sure that your security breach response plan includes a section on how to reduce the spread of malware.
There’s no disputing the fact that new technologies have dramatically improved the events industry. However, as with every new tech evolution, the criminals are always waiting. Make sure that your event tech is safe by being aware of the risks and knowing exactly what to do should your event come under attack.