IAG AUGUST 2015 - page 6

inside
asiangaming
August2015
6
T
he gaming industry is a source
of entertainment for millions,
and the effective equivalent
of financial institutions with
hundreds of millions of dollars
in circulationon a regular basis.
From the incandescent neon signage
of the Las Vegas Strip to the beachside
attractions of the Atlantic City boardwalk
to the exclusive destinations in Macau
Cyber
Security
Toprotect the
gamingenterprise
fromhackers,
operatorsneed to
betterdetect and
resolve “leaky”apps
By
AndrewHoog
|NowSecure
Fixinga
CyberHole
AndrewHoog
is theCEOof
NowSecure,whichprovides
mobile security solutions,
debunks common security
assumptionsand creates smarter
technology toensureprivate
information remainsprivate
andnot exposed tounnecessary
risks. He canbe reachedat
.
and Singapore, casinos act like makeshift
banks; swiping credit cards, converting cash
into chips (and vice versa), holding vast
reservoirs of foreign currency, and accepting
mobile payments for lodging and dining, as
well as shopping andother activities.
Safeguarding
this
information—
preventinghackers and cyber criminals from
stealing thisdata—startsbyspottingexisting
vulnerabilities involving smartphones and
tablets. Inan increasinglyBYOD (bring-your-
own-device) environment, in which guests,
staff and executives use mobile devices
on a seemingly nonstop basis, we must
identify—and isolate—a new risk: “leaky”
apps; unsecured applications that thieves
can exploit togain access to a treasure trove
of personal or professional information.
Thismaterial is theone jackpotnocasino
hasplans tooffer, as it is theonepayout that
can be financially ruinous to resorts and
patrons alike.
This challenge is all themore significant
because a leaky appdoes not advertise itself
as such; it doesnot have the visibleglitches,
sudden crashes and inexplicable bugs that
characterize the type of massive hacking
incident described above. On the contrary,
most of these appswork as advertised: They
respondtoauser’stouch,neverrevealingany
alarms or providing advance warning about
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