Security challenges for online gaming firms have evolved through what has been an increasingly turbulent year. 

In the latest edition of the SBC Webinar Series, Cloudflare underlined the significant task that operators have in terms of protecting 100% of their traffic and closing the security gaps. 

It comes as the online gambling industry is increasingly becoming the target of sophisticated cyber attacks, ranging from automated bots carrying out credential stuffing and intellectual property scraping to Layer 3 DDoS attacks.

Stéphane Nouvellon – Principal Solutions Engineer, Cloudflare emphasised the importance of Cloudflare being able to run on any server, as flexibility remains pivotal within the gaming sector. 

He went on to underline the threat of scrapers and unwanted traffic, which target applications or services and have a heightened impact in the gaming space.

Credit card stuffing and credential stuffing were both two of key threats that he brought to the audience’s attention as he emphasised why the tech and plugging the security gaps is so pivotal for gaming companies. 

Philip Björkman, Customer Development, EMEA Gaming and Gambling, Cloudflare, also detailed: “Typically what we have seen quite recently are bot attacks on logins or registration endpoints that are running through leaked credentials to try to break into player accounts.” 

He added: “The security risks faced by online businesses of all kinds are growing, and the threats have the potential to be particularly damaging to gambling companies. Just imagine the cost of lost business due to a betting operator’s website being taken down or seeing its speed seriously reduced during a major sporting event. 

“It’s vital that betting and gaming businesses act to reduce the risk of being adversely affected by a cyberattack, so the Cloudflare team are looking forward to showing the audience some of the most-effective steps they can take to improve their protection.”