SBD/June 13, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

NFL Teams Beef Up Security For iPad Playbooks As More Teams Adopt Them

NFL teams are going to great lengths to protect information on iPad playbooks
In the wake of the recent NSA surveillance controversy, all NFL teams that have their playbooks on iPads have "gone to great lengths to make sure their iPads don't get hacked," according to Alex Marvez of They also have "safety nets put into place in case one gets lost or ... in the wrong hands." Fourteen NFL teams "converted to iPads exclusively for their playbooks" during the '12 season and three others are using them "to augment game preparation." The Chiefs and Jaguars are "two of the latest franchises to place their playbooks on iPads for the first time this offseason." A Chiefs spokesperson said, "Our security is very strong. The iPads will be managed by a mobile device management console along with multifactor level security." Marvez noted if a player "loses an iPad ... the team can wipe it clean remotely." The team also can "wipe it clean after three unsuccessful attempts to enter a password." Teams have also "placed 'time bombs' in iPads that erase all material at a set deadline like immediately prior to kickoff." STATS Sports Solutions Group GM John Pollard "acknowledges the possibility of an NFL cyberspace breach still exists but believes the odds of that happening are far lower than in mainstream forms of internet transactions by both private companies and the government" (, 6/12).
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