When the Mercedez-Benz Stadium was being built, leadership at AMB Sports & Entertainment decided to aim high when it comes to the quality of experience for fans attending events and games there. One key factor to becoming an “elite” venue, says Joe Coomer, CSSP, Vice President, Security, AMB Sports & Entertainment, was the game day associates – including parking attendants, ushers, beer vendors, the popcorn guy and, of course, the security staff.
In an emergency situation, such as an active shooter, people will take several actions. They will seek information, they will prepare for evacuation and evacuate, and they will inform and help others. And then there’s milling.
The cybersecurity skills shortage is not only real – it is one of the biggest challenges IT leaders face today. As the threat landscape becomes more complex, it’s difficult to find and hire trained personnel who are both cyber professionals and affordable. To make matters worse, long-term retention of those employees is almost impossible as they are always being poached by other companies.
Towson University and the Maryland National Guard have signed a formal agreement to collaborate on a range of activities, from military appreciation programs at campus sporting events to training in cyber security for guardsmen and students.
Cybersecurity talent investment has gone through the roof in recent years: Universities are announcing cybersecurity degrees programs, Facebook is open sourcing its Capture the Flag competition platform that teaches developers about cybersecurity, Cisco has launched a $10 million scholarship to tackle the cybersecurity talent shortage and more. Yet, it’s still not enough.
Your main users are not Spartan warriors. They are not professional security geeks. They don’t think like hackers. Elevated security measures do not come naturally to most people. They all have real jobs to do which are NOT focused on information and cybersecurity.
If you thought phishing emails were going away anytime soon, think again. According to Symantec’s July Intelligence report, “one in every 1,968 emails” during the 31-day month was a malicious phishing message – the highest rate in the past 12 months.
The terrorist incident at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, United Kingdom, in May raised new questions of how arenas that house sporting events and other types of attractions such as concerts can ensure fan safety.