The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the National Football League (NFL), Allegiant Stadium and Super Bowl LVIII partners held a tabletop exercise this week to explore, assess and enhance cybersecurity response capabilities, plans and procedures ahead of Super Bowl LVIII.
The Super Bowl LVIII Cybersecurity Tabletop Exercise is the latest in a series of assessments and exercises designed to ensure the safety of events at Allegiant Stadium. This exercise brought together more than 100 partners from the NFL, stadium, and federal, state and local governments to review and discuss plans and procedures for protecting against, responding to, and recovering from a significant cyberattack during the Nation’s most-watched sporting event. The four-hour exercise also provided an opportunity for participants to identify the available resources, capabilities and best practices of their governmental partners and strengthen their resilience.
During the exercise, participants discussed a hypothetical scenario that included phishing, ransomware, a data breach and a potential insider threat — all with cascading impacts on physical systems. The exercise was part of an ongoing partnership between those involved and was not in response to any specific threat.
This is CISA’s 10th consecutive year partnering with the NFL and Super Bowl partners on what has become an annual tabletop exercise.