Cyber security has just become mainstream business. Get it wrong and your club can be fined up to 4% of turnover and this may extend to punitive action against individual directors in the most serious of cases. So, what’s it all about?
In May 2018, the rules change regards the use, storage, and security of all data that your club holds that relate particularly to details of individuals, fans, employees, and players. If you haven’t started to assess and fix your data management, time is running out.
Football clubs are both high profile businesses, but also easy targets for cyber criminals and the regulatory body alike. It is not a question of “if” your systems may be breached, but “when”.
As any club will understand, a data breach could quickly turn the mood of the crowd, and impact the commercial success of the club.
Cyber security requires compliance across IT functions, business departments, pitch management and marketing functions as well as the financial controls in the club. This is a team approach, and cannot simply be passed or delegated to a single person.
A process of “Audit, Assess, Fix, Review, Repeat” is needed to protect the cub and directors alike. This is not a one-off event, it’s a change to the club’s business, its approach, and controls.
RDS Global have a team of Cyber-Defenders, able to assist your club at all levels, to train, test and deploy the things you need to be in good shape. So, don’t score an own goal, contact us for help now, before the rush of the crowd in May 2018.