In today’s connected world, improving cyber safety is crucial, not only for managing attendees’ expectations, but because every phone, tablet and laptop is an entry point for potential harm to planners, delegates and their events.
In 2018, the Events Industry Council’s Industry Insights Committee conducted a survey of more than 200 event professionals on cybersecurity readiness. The survey found that while 82.46 percent of respondents feel that a data breach has the potential to adversely affect their organization, only 26.56 percent are aware of having an information security policy that provides for events. Survey respondents who had a meeting or event adversely affected by a data breach report the effects have included time away from managing the event, brand reputation damage, legal fees, financial damage, fines and attendee dissatisfaction. 1
Protecting Event-Related Data: Focus on Company Confidential Information
Broadly speaking, criminals will be interested in four types of information that event professionals may have: personal information, payment card information, company confidential information and other client data.
Protecting Company Confidential Information at Paperless Events
More and more events are going paperless, and it’s easy to understand why: Paperless meetings allow you to reduce printing (and environmental) costs, they are more forgiving for last-minute edits and participants appreciate the convenience of having the information they need on their devices. With that said, paperless events can increase your cyber risks. Fortunately, there are practical ways to mitigate that risk.