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Sports clubs and associations, from local village football teams to global governing bodies, are targets for hackers. It’s becoming more and more common for organisations to lose more money than they can afford due to lax cyber security. See some examples below.

RTG’s Limehouse acquires Decyber

Limehouse Agencies, the managing general agency (MGA) subsidiary of RFIB’s Risk Transfer Group Limited (RTG), has acquired the online specialist sport and leisure resilience firm Decyber.

This acquisition forms part of RTG’s new corporate strategy first outlined in May 2018 that aims to increase revenue from approximately £50 million to £100 million by 2021.

Read the full story here. 


DeCyber Launches – 21/02/2019

We’re delighted to announce that we have now fully launched our site, and the Cyber Health Check is available for clubs to analyse their cyber risk.

“Having worked in cyber risk for some time, and being a sports fan myself, I became alarmed at just how vulnerable clubs were to cyber attack” said Jonathon Lane, founder and managing director of DeCyber. “So I approached some of the very best solution providers in the world, and created bespoke security package solutions that were specifically designed to help sports clubs. Most solutions are focused on corporate enterprise and small to medium businesses – we’re the only solution built with sports clubs in mind.”

For the full story, view the press release below:

View the press release


DeCyber featured in Insurance Business Mag

Our announcement of our partnership with CPP has been featured in Insurance Business Mag.

“The link-up is aimed at helping sports organisations and leisure businesses detect and manage cyber risks. The products suite consists of OwlDetect, KYND, and Wardwiz and is provided in conjunction with cyber insurance cover through Lloyd’s of London and risk awareness training via CybSafe.”


DeCyber featured in Insurance Age

Our partnership with CPP has been announced in Insurance Age, discussing our goals for transforming cyber security among sports and leisure clubs.

“The statistics out there about the risks that sports clubs are facing are pretty frightening, especially when you consider there are multiple ways that they can be targeted and that all these organisations will hold member or customer data.” – Jonathon Lane



Laurel Park fc loses £28,000

Last year, Laurel Park FC was duped out of £28,000 in an email scam. This is part of a pattern of several such attacks as hackers and scammers have realised that youth football clubs are a soft but potentially lucrative target. The perpetrators hacked into the club’s email, and used a fake email to convince the treasurer that the club’s Chairman was requesting a payment to a supplier.

The hackers had been monitoring the club’s email accounts and learned how to craft an email to seem completely ordinary and believable. This tragic event is unfortunately too common, but preventable with the right technology and training.


freethorpe fc hit with attack

Freethorpe FC, a small club near Norfolk, suffered a potentially devastating loss of £2000 in a cyber attack in the summer of 2017. As a result the club has to undergo several fundraising activities to make back the money and ensure operations could continue.

This was a classic case of a small club believing that they were not likely to be targeted with a cyber attack and being underprepared.


hamilton academical scammed for £1m

Hamilton Academical is embroiled in a legal dispute with RBS after cyber attackers scammed the Scottish Premiership club out of almost £1m.

They have only been able to recoup around £170,000 but has been so far unable to recover the rest. Hamilton Academical assert that RBS’s security procedures were too lax, which allowed the fraud to take place. But RBS’s cyber security team did warn the club that the first two payments – of £40,000 and £70,000 – looked fraudulent. The team were overruled, however, and in one day the club sent out £650,000 to scammers.

On the surface this looks like human error, which only highlights the need for sports clubs to invest in cyber awareness training.


world rugby loses player data

World Rugby is under investigation from the Irish Data Protection Commissioner after it suffered a cyber attack in which personal data for thousands of people was obtained.

Hackers accessed names, email addresses and encrypted passwords of players, parents, officials and coaches.

This was a huge breach and potentially has serious implications for World Rugby, especially as the breach occurred right as the EU’s GDPR regulations came in.


So how cyber resilient are you?

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