Las Vegas is this country’s most 'cyber insecure' metro area
May 23, 2018 9:42 AM
by Robert Mann
Las Vegas is this country’s most “cyber insecure” metro area, according to an Israeli-based cloud security vendor.
Coronet, in its recently released study, said it based its conclusion on on data collected by its proprietary cloud security application from December 2017 to May 2018, Coronet found that Las Vegas exceeds the national average in every cybersecurity vulnerability category.
The report concluded that 43 percent of Wi-Fi networks in Las Vegas are unencrypted, unsecured or improperly configured, putting the city’s 6.5 million annual convention attendees and 35.5 million tourists at risk of falling prey to cyber attacks.
The company also says that further exposing the city’s cybersecurity vulnerabilities are roughly 400,000 devices in Las Vegas with no password protection, and nearly 270,000 devices using illegitimate operating systems that are not supported with security patches.
“The use of public Wi-Fi in hotels, restaurants and casinos, combined with the Nevada’s vastly underfunded cybersecurity budget, help propel Las Vegas to the distinction as America’s most insecure city,” the report notes.
Memphis and Charlotte were placed second and third behind Las Vegas in Coronet’s ranking of America’s most cyber insecure metros areas.