No Gambling on Security

Online Gaming Site Doesn't Play Around with Breaches
When your site processes more transactions annually than the London Stock Exchange, you'd better care deeply about breach prevention, says Ionut Ionescu, Head of Threat Management at Betfair."

The gaming industry, because we have similar issues with the banking industry, is exposed to similar kinds of threats," says Ionescu, discussing his company's approach to information security and risk management.

Denial-of-service attacks, attempted hacks, social engineering - each of these breach threats is a risk to Betfair and its customers. But while the threat landscape evolves, so do customers' security expectations.

"The customers are becoming more mature," he says. "They're asking about security more. They're using these criteria - security, risk management, threat management - when they rate gaming operators. Security and information risk management are very important to our customers, and we try to take them seriously as well."

In an exclusive interview about threats and preparedness, Ionescu discusses:

  • Today's top security threats;
  • Customers' evolving expectations of security;
  • Advice for people entering the security profession today.

Ionescu joined Betfair, the leading online gaming site, in 2010. He is a member of (ISC)2's European Advisory Board. He is based in the UK. Before this, he was Director of Security Services, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Nortel Global Services, based in Germany. Prior to that, he was Director of Security Services for Cable & Wireless .His career spans 18 years of ICT industry experience, and includes roles in programming, system administration and system management, software integration testing consultancy and consulting practice management (Enterprise Management and Security). He is responsible for this FTSE 250 internet business, and looks at not just the threat landscape, but also the operational considerations to address vulnerabilities and current priorities of a business reliant on online transactions.

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