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Posted on: 12 Jun 2014 

Posted By: IT Wiser

Why the World Cup Could Harm Your Business


The World Cup has arrived and, for the next few weeks, football will be the inescapable talking point in offices around the country. However, while the tournament is of great benefit to some businesses, namely those offering football and Brazil-related products and services, it can be harmful to others.

The Red Card Club

With everyone keen to keep up to date with the latest happenings in Brazil, it is only to be expected that employees may use their spare time to pop online and check on the status of their favourite teams/players. Most employers will be happy for staff to do this – so long as it is in their own time and not work’s.

The huge following that the world’s top players have will see searches go through the roof over the course of the next month, something cybercriminals know all too well. According to McAfee, star names will be used to lure unsuspecting football fans to malicious webpages designed to infect them with malware.

At the greatest risk of falling victim to a malware scam are those that visit sites offering screensavers of their idols or videos showcasing great skills.

“As is common with other cultural sensations, cybercriminals leverage consumer interest in the world's most popular sport to lure them to websites rigged with malware, malicious code capable of infecting a user's machine and stealing passwords and personal information,” McAfee said.

Fans are being urged to beware of any websites that ask you to download something before content is provided and McAfee has released a list, the ‘Red Card Club’, of players whose names are most likely to be targeted by cybercriminals.

Players on the list include Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Fernando Torres, Karim Ziani, Karim Benzema, Paulinho, Eden Hazard, Gerard Pique, and Edison Cavani.

Lost Productivity

Along with the risk of malware, using the internet to search for World Cup-related content can be harmful to productivity. The temptation for employees to catch up on the latest headlines may prompt them to visit social media or news sites when they should be doing other things, like working.

In order to prevent the World Cup harming your business over the next month, you should consider implementing URL content filtering and/or detailed user policies. This will prevent staff visiting non-work related websites during office hours and eliminate the threat of malware, which, if downloaded, can jeopardise your system.

The 2014 World Cup should be embraced and enjoyed by every football fan, but only when it is safe to do so. Visit this link to find out how Cloud Web Security can help protect your business.

The Register