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Cyber security in the gambling industry 

The UK gambling industry has steadily grown for a number of years. The UK Gambling Commission reports that the industry has a gross gaming yield of nearly £14 billion in the UK alone, of which £4.7 billion is through online gambling.

While legislative changes are coming that will affect the gambling industry, there is no doubt that this data – and cash – rich environment will continue to hold great appeal for cyber criminals.

The industry has always taken cyber threats seriously, but there are still very real risks to contend with. Hacking, app-based hacking, ransomware, DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks and more are an ever-present danger. In addition, new ways of playing, new technologies and the development of cryptocurrencies have the potential to impact things further.

Essential areas to consider 

The Gambling Commission

Gambling Commission security audits are an annual requirement for all licensed remote gambling operators and gambling software operators, and therefore provide the baseline level of information security. The audits – and accompanying reports – demonstrate that operators meet the necessary requirements.

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The PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard)

The PCI DSS applies to every merchant that stores, processes or transmits cardholder data, so gambling operators need to comply. With payment card data being a prime target for attack, you must be ready. 

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The EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

The EU GDPR is a pan-European data protection law that extends the data rights of individuals and demands that organisations manage data appropriately. With hefty fines and penalties for non-compliance, organisations of all sizes need to comply.

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Penetration Testing

Penetration testing is a systematic process that assesses your systems for any potential weaknesses or flaws that could be exploited by criminals. You can then prioritise efforts to plug the gaps and reduce risk.

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Staff Awareness and Training

Staff awareness should be a major focus for organisations looking to improve their cyber security, as human error remains the leading cause of data breaches. The best strategy is to create a cyber security culture in the workplace, which starts with an effective training programme. 

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ISO 27001

ISO 27001 is one of the most popular information security standards in the world, and considers people, processes and technology to enable organisations to manage their information. It also supports compliance with the Gambling Commission’s security audit and the GDPR. 

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