The ongoing 2022 Olympic Winter Games consist of representatives from 91 countries gathered in Beijing and billions of spectators tuned in from all over the world. The games are the gold standard, so to speak, showcasing athletes and their endless dedication, endurance and drive to be the best at what they do.
However, one common antagonist to all athletes, coaches, teams and countries skulks in the shadows. It’s the same threat that plagues organizations, employees and consumers all around the world. We’re talking about cybercriminals.
Olympic organizers have faced cyberattacks for years. London dealt with IT problems in 2012, reporting 212 million attempted cyberattacks. More recently, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics saw more than double that number, with 450 million attacks.
More dramatic attacks can be recounted more recently in the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. According to WIRED, hackers launched an attack during the opening ceremonies, “shutting down every domain controller in the Seoul data centers, the servers that formed the backbone of the Olympics’ IT infrastructure.”
It was documented as the most deceptive hack in history, but the Pyeongchang organizing committee had prepared for it. The Olympic cybersecurity advisory group had met 20 times since 2015, simulating disasters varying from cyberattacks and fires to earthquakes. It’s a practice that Tokyo and Beijing prepared for, as well as athletes, who were concerned for their own personal cybersecurity. As cyberthreats continue to increase in volume and complexity with each passing year, organizations must evolve their methods to security to avoid falling into a reactive approach.
Organizations need to consider the right precautions that will help them prepare for cyberattacks, especially during big events like the Olympics. Here are some ways to get started:
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