Code42 Issues Super Bowl LII Cybercrime Alert

Minneapolis — Feb 1, 2018 

WHAT: More than 1 million visitors are expected to descend on Minneapolis during the weeks surrounding Super Bowl LII – a sporting event not only for football fans but also cybercriminals. While they are at the big game, fans will be using personal and company-owned devices, such as laptops, to access public Wi-Fi at local hotels and coffee shops, make online purchases, respond to event promotions, take care of transactions with business partners, reply to company emails and more. The sheer mass of online activity that is expected creates a prime opportunity for hackers to strike. Local data security company Code42 offers fans and businesses some tips to protect sensitive data and thwart bad actors. To remind Super Bowl visitors to be aware of data security during Super Bowl week, Code42 is lighting up the top floors of its office building in orange and has extended a private invitation to its customers to work from its Minneapolis-based headquarters.

ABOUT CYBERCRIME

  • Endpoints, such as laptops and computers, are a favorite target of cybercriminals, exposing users to ransomware threats, malware and data loss incidents.
  • In the U.S., as much as 60 percent of corporate data is on employee endpoints, which are under heightened use and at greater risk of attack during major public events like the Super Bowl.
  • Industry research from Forrester says that as much as 70 percent of data loss incidents originate on the endpoint.
  • It’s not only fans who are at greater risk, but so are the companies they work for. Bring your own device (BYOD) increases risks to sensitive company data if employees use their personal devices to access corporate emails and files while attending the big game.
  • Endpoint data security and recovery solutions can provide an antidote when businesses become the victims of ransomware, data theft or loss.
  • Minneapolis has 117 free public Wi-Fi spots, and U.S. Bank Stadium alone has 1,300 Wi-Fi access points.

CYBER SECURITY TIPS

Code42 shares a few data security tips for fans and companies to follow during the Super Bowl.

For fans

  • Use a secure Internet connection and avoid public Wi-Fi. If you are using a company device, use the virtual private network (VPN) provided by your organization.
  • Ensure your email and other important transactions occur with SSL, e.g., HTTPS in the browser.
  • Use password best practices. Make sure passwords used at work and home are different.
  • Use a “dedicated” or prepaid credit card for making online purchases.
  • Stay alert for phishing emails. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t click on links embedded in an email even from someone you conduct business with. Instead, open a fresh browser page and go to their site using your own browser history or app.
  • Look closely at email addresses to ensure they are properly formatted and from the correct domain. For example, look for typos or a 0 (zero) being used instead of the letter “O.”
  • Backup your devices regularly - an essential form of protection in the event of a ransomware attack.

For companies

  • Educate employees about security best practices. People are often the weakest link in security manifestations so diligence is essential to staying safe.
  • It takes a mere second for an employee to click on a link in response to an inquiry that looks innocent or open an attachment that gives a cybercriminal access to your company’s network and data.
  • Lack of education is often the reason that employees breach certain conditions, such as downloading non-approved programs.
  • Data has moved outside the data center. To protect information, companies must have visibility to where it is, who moved it and how it is being used.
  • Back up devices regularly.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: Code42’s senior vice president of product development Rob Juncker, a data security and recovery expert, is available for comments and interviews.