Attackers have increasingly targeted the Olympics with cyberattacks. The 2022 Winter Olympics kick off in Beijing this week, and this trend will likely continue. In fact, this Tuesday, the FBI issued a warning about possible cyber activities (such as distributed denial of service attacks, ransomware, phishing attacks, and more) during the Olympics. Following the success of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, however, we don’t expect the bad guys to win, thanks to the preparation that goes into defending the Games.
Adopting a new regimen
The 2020 Summer Olympics were somewhat similar to the 1996 Summer Olympics, in which the US gymnastics team brought home its first gold medal in the team finals. For years, USA Gymnastics fought to be on top, ultimately to be swept away by the Russians (previously the USSR). It wasn’t until the organization adopted a similar training regimen that the team finally made their way to the top of the podium.
Security and risk pros must adopt a regimen to strengthen cyber-defenses to avoid being swept away.
A cyberattack on the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang resulted in the IPTVs (Internet Protocol televisions) malfunctioning, main servers being shut down (preventing attendees from being able to access their tickets), a