The Cost of Security During the Olympics

May 24, 2012 - 1 Comment

This summer the world will be watching London. At the same time, the city will have to deal with millions of extra people and the logistical challenges that go with it. Obviously, one of the most important of these challenges is security. We’ve all seen the furore in the papers about the government spending more on security than they initially planned – up from £282 million to over £550 million. . I don’t know about you, but I’d rather we spend the money than be underprepared during the Olympics and Paralympics…when all eyes are on London.

So, what does £550 million buy you these days? 23,700 security personnel to cover 100 venues, for a start. However, there are also virtual threats to consider. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China suffered 14 million online attacks. It’s no surprise; the information infrastructure is critical to the Games running smoothly. That’s why, as the networking infrastructure supporter  of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we’ve been working closely with BT and Atos as the Communications Services Partner and the Global IT Partner respectively to provide robust and secure network infrastructure. But it’s not just those involved in the Games that need to think about security. Businesses are vulnerable while the Games are on too. And it’s a time when they should be capitalising on increased demand and opportunity. Unfortunately 42% of businesses have not reviewed their security arrangements for the Games and will be vulnerable to serious threats throughout the Games period. A key part of this is ensuring their networks are set up to cope with increased demand and potential threats.

That’s why Cisco is holding a security webinar with Deloitte, Atos and G4S on June 1st at 12:30 pm (PST).

In the webinar, we’ll cover what businesses can do to ensure they’re secure during the Games. It covers everything form virtual threats to physical threats. If you haven’t thought about security yet, it’s well worth attending. And even if you have thought about it, why not get some new ideas? After all, better safe than sorry. Register for the webinar here.

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  1. Good stuff Ian. Similar to your points – this is a fascinating read on the scale and scope of the potential risks:

    NBC, Google, Stage “War Games” To Prepare for London Olympic Disruptions – The CIO Report – WSJ

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a bulletin in May warning companies that hackers, motivated by “ideological or financial objectives,” may attempt to disrupt coverage of the games. Companies and individuals in China were subjected to 12 million hacker attacks a day during the 2008 Olympics, the report said.