The global online gaming industry is worth close to $100 billion today with an estimated gaming audience of 2.2 billion. Unfortunately, this growth isn’t without risks. Case in point: Steam, the most popular gaming platform, has a 125 million membership base. A critical security vulnerability which has existed for at least ten years may have exposed up to 15 million active clients’ sensitive information, including their bank accounts.

eSports revenues are expected to reach $1.65 billion by 2021.

According to the E-Sports Entertainment Association League (ESEA), 1.5 million gamer profiles were hacked into last month. The stolen information included the username, first and last name, email address, date of birth, zip code and phone number of each player.

Therefore, you have two dichotomies at work; exponential growth in the online gaming industry paired with the lack of security to protect the personal information of each player. Here’s what you need to do if your company participates in this space.

Six Ways to Protect Gamers

 

  1. Improve scheduled updates on each game.
    Even though most gamers and eSports enthusiasts are on the cloud, there has to more regimentation regarding updates, patches and scheduled server maintenance. With the right security measures and encoded frames, cloud platforms can be quite secure.
  2. Make sure the gaming sites are whitelisted.
    While it may seem like this is not necessary, blacklisted games do make it through to various online channels. Work with your IT professionals and/or cybersecurity experts to check out your games to spot any vulnerabilities to each one.
  3. Keep gaming PCs up to date.
    Make sure you are running the latest operating system and have application updates loaded on each system.
  4. Don’t play or watch games on public Wi-Fi networks.
    These free sites offer the lowest level of encryption available and are not password protected.
  5. Train eSports users about cybersecurity risks.
    Help them understand the risks associated with opening phishing emails, what spammy notifications look like and the need for continuous monitoring of cryptocurrency transactions.
  6. Hire a cybersecurity company.
    Hire an authority to assess, monitor and quarantine threats before they happen. In addition, the same organization can train your gamers about ways to avoid phishing risks along the way.

Shellproof Security Can Help Your Gamers Play Safe

We offer the following cloud-based security services:  Web Application Firewall, Email Security Gateway, Endpoint and Anti-Virus support, Certificate Management and a Secure CDN. Please give us a call at 212-887-1600 today to learn more about ways we can help you!