NFL's 'Fully Virtual' Draft Prompts Cybersecurity Concerns


The unprecedented circumstances surrounding this year's NFL Draft are making some executives and coaches uneasy about cybersecurity.

The NFL confirmed Monday it will hold a "fully virtual" draft via phone and internet, prompting some to worry about hacking and other nefarious acts.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh called it a "big concern" during a pre-draft conference call with reporters, according to the Baltimore Sun.

“Every time I read something in, like, the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times that talks about how messed up Zoom is, or some of these other deals ... I immediately text it to our IT people ... and they assure me that we are doing everything humanly possible."

Interestingly, Harbaugh suggested he was more concerned by the prospect of a rival team snooping on Ravens game plans, more so than hackers or other digital vandals wreaking havoc.

“We’ll see what happens. I really wouldn’t want the opposing coaches to have our playbook or our draft meetings. That would be preferable, if we can stay away from that.”

While Harbaugh's paranoia may not be unfounded given recent high-profile incidents of espionage in the NFL, the greater concern could be hatemongers and other assorted mischief-makers.

Last week, New York Rangers prospect K'Andre Miller's video chat with fans was briefly interrupted when it was spammed with racial slurs in the comments sections.

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