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The La Jolla, CA-based email and web security firm EdgeWave has announced it has been selected as the cybersecurity partner at for this year’s US Open Tennis Championship at Flushing Meadows, NY and will be providing the technology to keep the tournament’s WiFi networks secure.
Today, sports fans expect to be provided with WiFi access at sports events, yet it is important for event organizations to ensure that the Internet can be accessed securely and acceptable usage policies are enforced. That means blocking access to undesirable content such as pornography and webpages that are known to contain malware.
This is the ninth consecutive year that EdgeWave has been selected to secure mobile Internet access for the US Tennis Association (USTA) at the U.S Open Championship. This year, the USTA WiFi network will be available to more than 750,000 fans, athletes, and sports reporters who will be assured of a secure connection and provided with high-speed Internet access.
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has an expansive mobile Internet infrastructure and is one of the most technologically advanced sporting venues in the world. Even so, with such large numbers of sports fans attending the event, the strain on the network will be considerable. It is therefore essential that the network is secured.
Implementing controls over the content that can be accessed requires a solution that does not require software downloads. By using the EdgeWave iPrism Secure Web Gateway appliance, all users can be protected without any software being installed on mobile devices. The solution allows USTA filtering policies to be easily applied, such as its non-gambling policy, without touching endpoints or having latency issues.
At previous events, EdgeWave was able to ensure a secure 850+Mbps throughput with zero latency and manage 4.5 TBs of data over 210,000 endpoint connections.
“Our iPrism Secure Web Gateway offers a powerful security in a self-contained appliance that allows the USTA to provide a connected experience for users that is secure and in compliance with policy,” said Farley Stewart, CTO at EdgeWave.