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Tampa cybersecurity firm hired to protect Super Bowl from hackers

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Posted at 5:55 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 17:55:03-05

TAMPA, Fla.  — A Tampa based cybersecurity firm is playing a significant role in preventing cyber threats at the Super Bowl.

Pulling off a large-scale event like the Super Bowl involves numerous vendors and volunteers whose personal information can be comprised.

ReliaQuest has been tasked by the Super Bowl host committee to ensure all of that sensitive data doesn’t get into the wrong hands.

“Any of the vendors that are taking payments at the booth, we’ll make sure that those transactions are not being compromised. There are a lot of volunteers that are working for the Super Bowl, so making sure that the applications that they enroll in, all their personal information is being kept safe for the volunteers,” said Joe Partlow, ReliaQuest Chief Technology Office.

The cybersecurity firm will also be monitoring social media and the dark web for malicious activity and people looking to disrupt the big game and steal your personal information.

“This is an interesting year, right, because there will be limited seats, so I think they’ll be more people taking probably taking advantage of the vendor experience surrounding the stadium, folks that can’t get into the stadium. I think there’s a lot more interest in any online activities or resources that maybe we hadn’t had in the year past,” Partlow said.

ReliaQuest will also be playing defense for the Buccaneers – helping to protect sensitive information from getting into the hands of cyber attackers.

“Want to make sure that we are doubling our efforts around any of the sensitive info that may be for the team, the players. If the Bucs were not in it, we wouldn’t have to worry about that, so it is a little bit more work, but we’re glad to do it because we’re certainly proud of the team,” said Partlow.