Why cybersecurity is vital to the growing igaming business

Africa gambling industry is in transitions as the industry operators are creating tailored online gambling platforms with most importantly many operators are going digital. Indeed the continent is still plaque with poverty, unemployment which as create the high rate of internet fraudsters in the region.

Although the big question is cyber security how secured is online gaming platforms or how are operators prepared for cyber-attack and how are they protecting players information from being compromise.

Indeed the continent is still plaque with poverty, unemployment which as create the high rate of internet fraudsters in the region.

Although the big question is cyber security how secured is online gaming platforms or how are operators prepared for cyber-attack and how are they protecting players information from being compromise.

Although, Security practitioners live in a world of hacker sophistication-including automated reconnaissance and payload efforts however, cyber security is the protection of computer systems from theft of or damage to their hardware, software or electronic data, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. The field is vital due to an increased reliance on computer systems, the internet and wireless network and due to the growth of smart device including smartphones and various devices that constitute “Internet of things.” Owing to its complexity, both in terms of technology, cybersecurity is also one of the major challenges in the contemporary world.

Providing a safe and secure gaming environment to players is vital to the continuous growing online gaming industry. Security of online games plays is a growing concern especially with the increasing use of electronic channels for gaming. Online lottery, Sports Betting and Casinos, operators’ process high volume of player’s transactions and it is critical that these operators ensure that they keep players personal data secure and protected from cyberattcks.

Cyber criminals may compromise a platform by installing malicious software (malware) to gather information about players from within their account.

This information could include cardholder data, login details, and bank account details, disrupt the performance of the gaming platform or even make it unavailable, leading to customer dissatisfaction, service downtime and loss of gaming revenue if not properly taking into consideration, its could hinder the growing online gambling industry in Africa. Although, the big question, how secured is online gaming platforms in Africa? Are operators prepared if cyber attack occurred?

Article by Adeleye Awakan
Associate/Editor www.gbc.ng Africa’s leading digital gaming magazine. For consultant on gaming in Africa, Bookmaker’s review, Content, Advertising, and Thoughtful leadership article contact: [email protected], Linkedin Adeleye Awakan.

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