Coronavirus: Ravens coach Harbaugh worried by cybersecurity

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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is worried the impending digitisation of the NFL – powered by lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders due to the coronavirus pandemic – leaves sensitive team information vulnerable to online theft.

With team activities postponed indefinitely due to public health concerns, teams are likely to conduct season preparations through videoconferencing applications, possibly even transferring playbooks online.

Harbaugh spoke about the issue during a pre-draft news conference, saying that he has already reached out to the team’s information technology department about securing communications.

“It’s a big concern,” Harbaugh said. “Hopefully we’ll be okay. 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.”

Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta, however, joked that executive vice president Ozzie Newsome had a better chance of leaving the team’s draft board vulnerable in his car than a hacker would have of stealing a digital copy.

The league announced on Monday that team facilities would remain closed indefinitely, with teams’ offseason workout programs normally scheduled for this month. Coaches and front offices now face the challenge of preparing for the 2020 season from home.