NFL teams use tablets - exciting? ho hum? or security risk?

Created by Chet Gladkowski 04 Aug 2014 @ 15:38
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Tablets and apps are everywhere! You cannot receive an insurance technology email, blog or advertisement that does not tout tablets as the solution for any and every need you might have. I wonder if they are really a solution looking for a need, but that is a topic for another day.


This Sunday morning I personally used a tablet at my place of worship to follow the message outline, reading Bible passages in multiple translations and in the original Hebrew and Greek. OK, so I’m a geek at church – guilty as charged.


On Sunday evening we watch both teams playing in the NFL’s Hall of Fame Game using stripped-down versions of Surface tablets. The tablets connect to a closed network in the stadium and deliver color photos of on-field action that can be zoomed, annotated and bookmarked for viewing later. All other functionality — cameras, Internet access, apps, programs — are disabled (see source below).


Watching coaches, quarterbacks and linemen using tablets was interesting for about five-seconds. After that, it was almost as boring and meaningless as the game itself.


While betting on the NFL is illegal except in Las Vegas, what intrigues me more is the “over-under” on how long it will take someone to hack into the closed stadium network? 


Information is valuable and people will do just about anything to get it and an edge against their enemy. Remember Coach Bill Belichick’s $500,00 fine and “Spygate?” BTW - I wonder what liability coverage will be exploited to pay for the fine levied by the NFL?


How valuable is insurance customer and policy information (as valuable as an NFL playbook and tablet images?) How long until there is a “PolicyGate,” “BillingGate” or “ClaimsGate?”



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I don't think agents are prepared to deal with the security risks associated with leaving a tablet with sensitive info on table somewhere, then having someone's info stolen.
This underscores how quickly the uses of technology outpace the industries ability to react to it. And hey, stop bringing up SpyGate!