Casinos and the gaming industry play an important role in economic development throughout the United States of America (as well as worldwide). With approximately 1,000 casinos in the U.S., the domestic gambling industry is worth $261 billion and holds 1.8 million jobs, according to Casino.org. That also means, however, that they are prime targets for experienced hackers looking to make a big score. This is why Q-Net Security is sharing more information on which issues casinos face in cybersecurity below:
Security vs. Cybersecurity Measures
In terms of security measures, casinos do an incredible job at preventing cheating and thievery on their floors thanks to closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and alarms. These IoT devices, however, are vulnerable to hackers – along with the rest of the casino. For years, there have been many instances where cyberattacks have occurred. A few examples include:
- Stolen financial data such as customers’ credit card information
- POS systems being inundated with malware
- And the theft of a high-roller database through a fish-tank thermometer!
Consider for a moment what it would be like if each device had its very own bouncer. Wouldn’t that solve a lot of problems?
A Look at Tech in Casinos
What’s the first thing that you notice when you walk into a casino? It has to be all of the flashing lights coming from a wide variety of electronic machines that you can play to win money. Casinos currently run miles of cable beneath their floors, connecting every single slot machine to the main server that stores the credit accounts. Casinos also have wired POS systems and house a computer network, which collects customer data like Social Security numbers, driver’s licenses numbers, credit cards, and more. That's a lot of wiring to protect this kind of data!
Security for a Regulated Industry
If there is one thing that casinos have in common other than an interest in security, it’s attention to regulation and legal requirements. Our Q-Box is designed to the FIPS 140-2 cryptographic standard, which means an easy path to approval and adoption across multiple state frameworks. If we do not already have a relationship with your state’s gaming commission or other regulatory body, we are happy to work with you to make the approval process quick, easy, and a sound investment in the future.
Going Wireless with Q-Net Security
As part of our commitment to delivering low-cost, high-strength solutions, Q-Net Security can cut the cables for casinos. Our flagship hardware security (hardsec) device, the Q-Box, is just as secure over wireless as it is in wired settings. In addition to this, we're a lot more secure than the competition. Our security delivers mathematical proof that it would take a quantum computer billions upon billions of years to break Q-Net Security’s encryption, making the Q-Box ready to defeat hacking even from futuristic quantum computers. That’s the kind of confidence you want in a plug-in hardsec unit that you can simply drop in front of your existing endpoints.
Remember that bouncer for devices we mentioned earlier?
The Q-Box takes that concept into the modern era.