The EL/WLA Security Seminar: Challenges on the Horizon – Be Prepared!
The joint EL/WLA Security Seminar (Malaga 18 – 20 October), titled “Challenges on the Horizon – Be Prepared!” and graciously hosted by SELAE Spain, was a fabulous success. A record number of participants from all regions of the world attended and engaged in a highly interactive and productive workshop led by twenty-five experts and leaders in the security field.
The keynote speech by Ramses Gallego (Security Strategist & Evangelist; Past international President, ISACA, Board of Directors) described how there are only two types of organisations: those that have been hacked, and those that will be. The IOT (Internet of Things) will come to represent the Internet of Threats. There is already an average of thirteen enterprise security breaches every day, resulting in roughly 10 million records lost a day—or 420,000 every hour. And that’s now – the IOT future will usher in an explosion in the number of device connections which will create entirely new levels of risk and vulnerability to hacking.
Examples: Security experts Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller grabbed headlines with their research on the vulnerability of connected cars when they hacked into a Toyota Prius and a Ford Escape using a laptop plugged into the vehicle’s diagnostic port. This allowed them to manipulate the cars headlights, steering, and breaking. The massive domain name hack that recently disrupted service at major websites like Netflix, Amazon, Twitter, Reddit and others was made possible by poorly protected IOT devices. Systems need protection against new points of vulnerability and increasingly sophisticated methods of attack. Thankfully, Mr Gallego’s warnings of dire challenges and potential consequences were presented in a most engaging and entertaining fashion!
Thierry Pujol, FDJ and Chair of WLA Security and Risk Management Committee outlined the proposed changes for the next version of the WLA Security Control Standard (SCS) which were again discussed at the WLA General Assembly Singapore. These include additions for online, sports betting, electronic draws, and VLT’s.
Danielle Van Emmerik (Senior Auditor, Nederlandse Loterij, Nederland Netherlands), Evangelos Cosmidis (Financial Unit / Procurement & Quality Division Director, OPAP, Greece) and Declan Murray (Security and Compliance Manager, Premier Lotteries Ireland) shared their experiences with various aspects of the WLA SCS Certification process. The main theme was to prepare well and keep all colleagues and stakeholders fully informed at all stages of the process. Bin Han, GM of the Beijing Zhongcai Printing Company, described the certification process for a printing company and noted how important it was for their customers to know that they had the WLA SCS Certification.
The presentations on Personal Data Protection included a detailed description by Calvo Medina (IT Area Head of the Spanish Data Protection Authority), Franz-Joseph Wichmann (WestLotto), Johannes Puchinger (Austrian Lottery) and addressed both the big-picture importance of Personal Data Protection and detailed the practical applications of tools to provide such protection. The speakers agreed that it is both efficient and practical to combine or create synergy between the functions of Privacy and Security.
The Partner/Supplier presentations from INTRALOT, Novomatic, IGT, Playtech and Scientific Games were particularly interesting and should have well reassured the participants that their suppliers were on top of the subject and were already planning systems that are keeping the government-gaming business protected from and ahead of the cyber-criminals of the future.
Jean-Jacques Riera (Mission Head, Information Security, FDJ, France), Maurizio Rubini (Lottomatica, Italy), and Manuel Gonzales Barreda (Director Fiscal Adjunto, SELAE, Spain) presented on anti-money laundering where a “risk-based approach” was praised as a good solution. These were followed by Antonio Gorrasi on the Italian approach and developments for protection, privacy and cybersecurity in Italy.
Gunnar Ewald (Chief Audit Executive, Vice President, LOTTO Hamburg GmbH) gave his traditional annual review of recent security issues worldwide and there followed some excellent presentations and an animated and robust round-table on “Trust and Assurance – RNG/Electronic Draws” comprised of Lotteries (FDJ, Loterie Romande, SELAE) and Suppliers/Certifiers (GLI, Smartplay, and Szrek2Solutions). Carlos Bachmaier (SELAE) presented a most informative review of existing standards for RNG’s and a comprehensive set of references for relevant articles. These details, together with all the presentations are available online to all of the participants at the Seminar.
The Seminar concluded with a practical hands-on workshop on the European Lottery Risk Tool supported by members of the EL POS Working Group.
Ray Bates, Honorary EL Chair, moderated.
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