When we pronounce “Olympic Games” and “security” most people have in mind physical security of people. Of course this is important and the organisers are aware of it and are more than well prepared.
There are 10,000 private security members and another 10,000 policemen on duty, plus
7,000 soldiers (more than in the Afghanistan mission).
So, it seems that the physical security is prepared perfectly.
Some people even reckon that this level of security is over exaggerated and the system of surveillance recalls from the novel by Orwell 1984 (big brother). In fact, the number of policemen and soldiers gives us feeling of preparation for war. On the other hand, if you are personally in London, either a sportsman or a visitor, you will be happy about it.
But, what about the cyber protection during the games?
In this article we leave apart the high level espionage issues, like Duqu and Stuxnet; and the recently discovered Flame virus, targeted directly from the USA to find secret information about Iran; since more likely, we have no direct influence over them.
We look at the daily life of most of us.
1 point – your own private data
Let us not forget about basic security precautions to keep your data safe even in the middle of the great passion for sports.
Plenty of us will be checking out the results on whatever Internet-connected device they currently have handy. Needless to say, the Olympics will be a huge Web event. And that means while athletes are competing for gold, cyber criminals will also be hard at work, using social engineering to spread spam and malware.
- only purchase tickets from London’s official Olympic website;
- install and regularly update your anti-virus software and link scanning protection on all web-enabled devices; since a lot of free or discounted Olympics merchandize, news or videos will be offered;
- don’t provide your credit card details to any site unless it is considered well-known and trustworthy;
- watch your smartphone, lock it, have your sensitive data encrypted;
- make sure you have strong passwords protecting your access to emails, bank accounts etc.;
- make a note of your smartphone manufacturer’s emergency phone line so you can call them to have your phone immobilized in the event of a loss;
- connect to free public Wi-Fi unless it is trustworthy;
- never access your online banking details, make electronic purchases, or enter ANY personally identifiable information (including your address) from a shared, public computer.
2 point – if you are employing personnel, they may be prone to want the games online during their working hours
(we recommend some type of monitoring – web traffic filters etc.)
A recent survey by SpectorSoft Corporation of Vero Beach, Fl., a maker of computer and mobile-device monitoring and recording software, found that 40 per cent of employees plan to follow the Olympics from their workplace computers.
To finish with a lighter topic
“Olympic games” and “security” can for someone also mean the protection against venereal diseases and unwanted pregnancy.
In a controversial move, Olympic officials will reportedly provide more than 150,000 condoms to athletes at no cost during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The record number of condoms will be provided to thousands of athletes from around the world in a bid to promote safe sex. However, while some athletes have supported the cause, critics believe that the effort by Olympic officials actually goes to promote immoral behaviour.
What do you think?