Rio Olympics: Threats from “Hacktivists” and Organized Cybercriminals

   June 29, 2016   |   Cyber-defenses, Cloud, Cyberattacks, Hacktivists

However, one of the most daunting tasks for organizers nowadays is to ensure cyber-defenses is up to the mark.  

Come August 5, Brazil’s lively city, Rio de Janeiro will be hosting Olympics 2016. Millions of people from across the world will be joining the event. While safeguarding the lives of tourists, spectators, and Olympics participants-- particularly after a threat the host city received post- Paris terror attacks-- will keep security agencies on toes, another challenge for organizers is to ensure its Critical IT systems are intact, right through the tournament.

But it will be a formidable task for organizers.

As the London Olympics showed, “Hacktivists” and organized cybercriminals are always on a look out to disrupt global sporting events by bringing down IT systems.

Brazil’s intelligence agency, ABIN, fears possible cyberattacks from 1600 hackers who have been previously involved in attacking government domains.  In order to bolster its cyber-defenses, ABIN along with other intelligence agencies from 55 nations are now working in tandem by setting up a base, which would allow organizers to monitor the digital landscape. 

Likewise, organizers’ decision to migrate its whole IT systems to cloud will also keep them anxious. Cloud computing—although it allows to reduce costs by storing data at third-party servers thus saving money by avoiding buying costly equipment—exposes organizations’ critical IT Assets to third-party vendors.  

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