UNLV grads, Las Vegas Strip resorts team up to tackle cyber-security risks

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)– Graduate college students on the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) are working with main resorts and casinos within the battle in opposition to cyber safety assaults.

The college students are competing in National Cyber League, a digital coaching floor that challenges individuals to remedy real-world cyber safety challenges, utilizing a secure platform.

“The bad guys keep getting better. We need talent,” Dr. Dan Manson mentioned.

Dr. Manson teaches cyber safety at UNLV, he mentioned NCL is a method to problem his personal college students in opposition to others across the nation to take a look at their expertise and meet the relentless demand.

“We have 500,000 professionals nationwide, but we need close to a million,” he mentioned, “and Las Vegas is no exception.”

The Las Vegas Strip is a large goal for cyber safety assaults and specialists agree it’s taken some time for the resort trade to wake up to the web menace.

“Cyber security was not a big deal for a while,” Greg Moody, director of UNLV’s Cyber Security Program mentioned.

Casinos have since taken discover. Jim Barbee handles IT for the Nevada Gaming Control Board, he mentioned it’s engaged on new cyber safety laws.

“You can’t operate in a box any longer,’ Barbee said. “Maybe years ago, there might have been a notion that gaming operations were disconnected.”

With extra gaming on-line, it might probably make main operations extra susceptible to cyber-attacks. The new laws would require casinos to consider their cyber safety risks top-to-bottom. However, that danger evaluation isn’t designed to be public, which suggests regulators could by no means see them until one thing dangerous occurs.

Which is why this program at UNLV is so necessary. The college is working with main resorts to create a roster of expertise that may develop right here and keep right here.

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