Protection of Virtual Events From Cyberattacks

Businesses entrust event planners and organizers with their most classified information. It is their responsibility to keep the data of your business, attendees, and other stakeholders safe from malicious intruders. However, the audacious surge in virtual events last year due to the pandemic has excited cyberattackers.

In an abrupt transition, almost everyone shifted towards virtual events disregarding the attackers braced to shell them. It is crucial to understand that the primary issue leading to vulnerabilities is inadequate attention given to security.

Although virtual events seem a soft target for cyberattacks, such incidences can be significantly mitigated by righteously using the technology. All you need to do is to draft a comprehensive strategy that identifies and addresses the threats. Here we briefly discuss the potential threats to virtual events and measures you can take to manage them.

Cyber Threats to Virtual Events

It is evident from the past that cybercriminals are quick in taking advantage of every drastic disruption. The agile transition towards virtual events is no exception. Cybercriminals and hackers quickly exploit the loopholes in virtual events to masquerade as an authentic attendee or eavesdrop. They use the personal information of the attendees to formulate social engineering scams on large scales.

We have heard of many zoom bombing incidences in the past year. Many people have been trolled, harassed, and fallen prey to practical jokes with their information compromised. Virtual events often involve the exchange of trade secrets, identity information, and intellectual properties. These are highly valued information pieces not only for us but also for the hackers. Imagine the kind of chaos that can be created by misusing this intelligence.

End-to-End Encryption a Mandate

Often people login into an event through networks with inadequate security, such as unsecured or public hotspots. Attendees who use their home networks are also likely to have the same admin credentials or security keys as default.

Using enterprise-grade VPN can be a solution for internal conferences. However, it is not practical when attendees from outside the organization are involved.

You can use end-to-end that encrypts the information at the source and is only decrypted at the legitimate recipient. You can also deploy multi-factor authentication (MFA) with secondary authentication apart from the password. Such measure is ideal for events of more sensitive nature.

Safety Inside Clouds

Audiences from all over the world join in a virtual event from their devices. Hackers often attempt to exploit the vulnerabilities in these devices loaded with different operating systems. If your event allows information, images, or recordings stored locally on such devices, it is inviting for miscreants. 

The solution is to host a secure online event on a cloud-based event management platform that preempts such local storage of data. The event managers can constantly oversee the data and regulate its security.

Global Regulations and Their Compliance

To further enhance the security of the content of your event, you must ensure that your chosen software compliance with your internal policies and industry standards. Look for a virtual-event organizing vendor that offers a broad-reaching compliance regime. You can ask if your vendor adheres to international security and privacy norms such as GDPR and CCPA. 

You can choose to live-streaming your event or have a large number of attendees. A deliberate effort and the appropriate use of technology can curb the threats and make your events safer.

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