As the NFL Draft goes virtual today during the COVID-19 pandemic, the buzz is as much about cybersecurity as it is about whether LSU quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow will be the number one draft pick.

OK, that might be an exaggeration, but cybersecurity is taking front and center at the now virtual event as the use of new apps, multiple devices and Zoom teleconferencing make teams and the event itself more vulnerable to hackers and mischief makers.

“All eyes will indeed be on the NFL draft. It appears that contingencies are in place and there has been a dry run,” said Thycotic CISO Terence Jackson, adding that no solution, though, is 100 percent effective. “Draft day will be the best day of some of these players lives and it is up to the IT and security professionals to make sure it’s not marred by a cyberattack.”

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