Recently, Sumo Logic announced support for the AWS for Games initiative from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate digital gaming experiences at scale. Major gaming brands, including Games 24 x 7 and others, already use Sumo Logic to build, run and secure gaming and entertainment applications. With Sumo Logic, game developers can ensure great player experiences, safeguard sensitive data, and accelerate game releases.
To get a deeper dive into why video game orgs need cybersecurity and how Sumo Logic is helping to secure the future of gaming, we spoke with George Gerchow, Chief Security Officer, Sumo Logic.
Why are video game organizations targeted?
The video game industry is often targeted as an attack vector due to the lack of regulation, security, and proper controls. Currently, there is no governing body for the gaming industry and lean into the agile, but they don’t have baked in security such as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). This is an area the industry is going to need to look at closer as it becomes a more prominent target for bad actors and grows in popularity.
What is the threat to their business?
In the beginning, it was simply gamers looking to take over accounts for pleasure and or to elevate status without having to put in the work. Now, we see a higher stakes transformation, as lot of our gaming customers process not only Personally Identifiable Information (PII), but also children’s information, location and other critical data that could put them at risk. Those who are not aware of their risk posture become a good target for ransomware.
Who is trying to attack them?
Simply put, every bad actor on the planet that seeks ransomware is targeting video games for source codes, as well as denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks to gain revenue.
How does Sumo Logic work with video game providers?
Sumo Logic specializes in Application Security and Compliance, meaning, as the apps are being built and deployed, Sumo Logic gives our gaming customers full visibility into performance metrics, potential failure, but also baked in security controls before going into production.
What can video game orgs do to protect themselves?
To start, organizations must prioritize investment into a cloud based modern toolset such as Sumo Logic. This not only helps the security team gain visibility into their application for performance metrics, but also assists with security and compliance initiatives. Organizations should also deploy Single-sign-on (SSO) and Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) internally while encouraging their customers to do the same!