The Aviva is renowned as a world class International Stadium where a variety of events including soccer, rugby, concerts, and business conferences are hosted.
A spokesperson fro the Aviva said: “We make extensive use of information technology to support our operations across the stadium. These include ticketing, CCTV, IPTV, broadcasting access control, lighting, Office applications, power and fire. We know we face the threat of cyber attacks just like any other organisation. These could be in the form of a phishing attack or ransomware or fraud, and we realise that we could be at risk during one of our international events.”
The cyber-security threat facing stadium operators is very real and in some ways very similar to try to get to any organisation. Although a stadium would have its own specific technologies and applications. When we at Ward Solutions first engaged with the Aviva Stadium. It was clear they had put in place a strong cyber defence strategy, but also recognised that they needed to strengthen their preventive controls.
They turned to our security experts at Ward Solutions and our IBM Q-Radar offering because they wanted a managed service provider who could investigate security event data from various different sources and analyse it and provide them with the 24/7 monitoring capability.
At Ward Solutions, we are a leading cyber-security provider, specialising in managed security services. We’ve been an IBM expert partner for over 10 years specialising in their Q-Radar products and services. For Aviva Stadium, we’ve put in an extended threat detection and response solution based on the Q-Radar platform, whereby we source security data from a range of devices everywhere from endpoint to cloud. We enrich this with threat intelligence and volume data as well. That allows us to build those use cases to detect and respond to cyber-security threats that they may be facing.
Cyber-security is something that the Aviva Stadium take very seriously and they are very conscious of the threat. In particular the threat for high profile business such as their own. They engaged Ward solutions in conjunction with IBM Q-Radar to assist in managing the cyber threat.
Aviva Spokesperson: “It’s something that’s very much on our agenda, and it’s very important to our business, and we’re very happy with the service that we’ve received.”