Stay Ahead of the Competition Off the Field with Hardened Encryption
As big data continues to creep into almost every aspect of everyday life, not even professional sports are immune to the effects of technology. As professional teams and their front offices integrate more technology and advanced analytics into their operations, it behooves them to ensure their most sensitive data is protected through hardened encryption.
Any baseball fan is familiar with the traditional statistics they grew up reading on the back of baseball cards: batting averages, earned run averages, home run totals, runs batted in, etc. While these stats remain useful, they are becoming antiquated in the eyes of many experts by new data collection methods and statistics that were unavailable until recent years. In 2015, major league ballparks began implementing a new data collection system that uses radar and high-speed cameras to track both ball and player movements in ways never done before. Scouts can now incorporate pitch spin rates, exit velocities and launch angles off the bat, fielder speed and movement efficiency, and a host of other data points into their analysis and evaluation of players.
With this increase in data collection and analytic methods, major league teams are increasingly relying on statisticians and decision scientists as opposed to traditional scouts in the stands. A byproduct of this is a significant amount of data and analysis that teams and their front offices have a vested interest in protecting from the competition. In January of 2017, Major League Baseball stripped a team of 2 draft picks and levied a fine of $2 million after one of their employees illegally hacked into an internal scouting and player evaluation database of an opposing team. While this was unprecedented and the first known time such an attack has occurred in baseball, it highlights the fact that professional sports organizations have invested time and resources into their data, and other entities exist that could benefit from stealing that data. As teams have invested millions into their facilities and payrolls, they should similarly be investing in adequate data security through encryption.
Futurex’s Hardened Enterprise Security Platform offers a variety of solutions for organizations looking to hardware-based encryption to protect their data. When it comes to data at rest in their internal servers, Futurex’s Vectera Series of hardware security modules allow users to protect high volumes of sensitive data. This ensures that even if an intruder gains access to a target network, the data remains secure because it will be encrypted and unreadable.
Also of interest to sports organizations is device authentication. Professional sports organizations are usually comprised of a top-level team, minor league affiliates, scouts all over the world, and a team of players and coaches frequently traveling. As such, they often need remote access to the database from outside the network. Managing a broad network of devices, each containing sensitive information, can pose challenges relating to key and certificate management. The KMES Series ensures that any computers, tablets, phones, or applications attempting to access a team’s proprietary databases are fully authenticated and trusted, and that administrators can control the full key and certificate management lifecycle associated with them.
With Futurex’s industry-leading line of hardware security modules, your organization will always be ahead of the competition in the world of data security. Contact a Futurex Solutions Architect today to learn more.