This NHL team celebrates a shutout against hackers

by | Jun 28, 2016 |

Executive Summary

The National Hockey League (NHL) is one of the top professional sports leagues in North America, entertaining millions of fans and generating billions of dollars annually, primarily through gate sales. The league and all of its teams place a high priority on compliance with regulations and the use of leading edge security to protect this gate sales revenue stream. Several teams in the league have identified attempts on their systems in the recent past, so the focus on IT security is very high. One of the top twenty teams in the NHL, with hundreds of thousands of tickets sold every year, was in the process of developing a new season ticket renewal application using a third-party software company. They knew that they needed to be Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant in order to protect the team and the league’s reputation. However, the team was also worried about having its well-respected and valuable brand tarnished with a cyberattack or data loss.

The team, with the help of Software Secured, was able to take these steps:

  • Ensured timely PCI compliance status for the new season ticket renewal app.
  • Ensured that the application is free of any vulnerabilities that could lead to customer data leakage.

How Software Secured Helped

The team’s IT director had many priorities within the department, such as keeping their many applications up and running and making sure that everyone at the organization, including players and staff, was connected while on the go. The IT director needed a group of security experts he could trust to ensure that the new application was PCI-compliant and that the new application’s security controls were sound and could stand the test of hackers.

Results, Return on Investment, and Future Plans

Not only did Software Secured help the team attain and keep PCI compliance status for their newly developed application, we also identified all the vulnerabilities that could lead to cyberattacks and data breaches and helped the development team fix them. As every winning NHL coach knows, a strong defense is integral to success. Get Software Secured on your team and make sure that the hackers never score you.