Everton FC tackles data security in the cloud

Premier League club Everton FC has implemented a solution to protect fans’ and players’ data in the cloud, and meet GDPR compliance standards.

Everton FC have announced a partnership with Netskope – the cloud security firm – to implement software which protects the Premier League club’s confidential data in the cloud.

Founded in 1878, Everton FC is one of oldest football clubs in the world and a founding member of the English League. Throughout its long history, the club has maintained a forward-looking vision, being quick to embrace technology and the benefits of a cloud-first approach.

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The Netskope platform analyses all cloud services – sanctioned and unsanctioned – for all employees (whether on premises or remote) to provide complete visibility into what data is being stored and shared in the cloud, and the activities occurring within those cloud services.

It will enable Everton FC to demonstrate best business practice by not only proactively protecting confidential data while enabling the club’s cloud-first strategy but also ensuring compliance with the incoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Faced with a huge quantity of highly sensitive and confidential information, from contract negotiations and players’ medical data to personal details belonging to the club’s global fan base, Everton FC required a solution which would keep this highly sensitive data secure in the cloud and ensure personal data remained private.

Keen to understand its cloud security stance, Everton FC undertook a detailed Cloud Risk Assessment with Netskope and partner EveryCloud to reveal which cloud services were in use within the business as well as the benefits of implementing cloud access security broker (CASB) software.

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Everton FC now has complete visibility into cloud usage and the ability to react immediately to keep data secure, mitigating cloud security risks and reducing regulatory exposure.

By eliminating the risk of staff members uploading or sharing sensitive data in unsanctioned cloud services without IT’s knowledge, Everton FC employees can work securely from any location and on any device without compromising the club’s highly sensitive data.

“Data security is a key priority for the club,” said Phil Davies, ICT manager at Everton FC. “Information on players and their contracts is a vital asset for us and fans also entrust us with their data, including personally identifiable information. We take this responsibility seriously so we’re keen to provide employees with the right tools to boost productivity without compromising on security.”

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“Netskope’s forward-thinking technology enables us to proactively identify risks and protect data so we can rest assured that players’ and fans’ sensitive data is protected in the cloud. Its deep cloud visibility capability and risk dashboard ensures we can accelerate our move to the cloud in a safe way – while demonstrating compliance with the GDPR.”

Sanjay Beri, CEO at Netskope, commented, “Everton FC understands the importance of protecting its confidential data, particularly when faced with stringent regulation requirements and an expanding threat landscape. Any large repository of data can be a target but major sporting clubs are an incredibly lucrative avenue for cybercriminals. To face this threat, Everton FC is implementing our solution to deliver unparalleled cloud security and support the club’s cloud-first philosophy.”

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...