Cyber-Security Issues at Olympics 2018 Korea
With the advancements in technology by day and I mean literally by day the threats in all areas of life are increasing too. Internet and technological company’s CEOs and Chiefs are being vocal about the infiltration and high level addiction to technology and its dependence.
On February 9th this year when the International Olympics take place in Korea. Home of Samsung and LG, the measures that need to be taken this year are going to be on a cyber-level. By cyber we really mean high level cyber.
“What’s different now from past Olympics is increased use of unmanned systems and the cyber domain to stage attacks,” Peter Singer, the specialized security expert said. “The attacker doesn’t even have to be onsite. They can do it from afar.” were Singer’s remarks referring to the modern Olympics and games now and in the future.
Rightly said Singer is referring to many things like computers and drones that are now a commodity for everyday use. If the drones and computers can be used for shooting films and delivering goods for an on demand lifestyle they can do more. Hacking the most secure of politicians is a days work for hacking groups working globally. They can pose major security threats to the players’ drug tests and participants’ devices. The drones can be used from way far off for chemical disaster and being armed with ammunition.
These are just two scenarios that are a top of the mind, thought. There can be far too many in the future with evolving technology and evolving games. Olympics are no exception. Rather an attraction for anti-social groups and similar outfits who would not miss chances like these.
For the purpose of security USA is sending in 200 security personnel with 240 participants. That makes almost one specialized tactical security person with every athlete. Korean authorities on their part are making cybersecurity as cyber-tight as it possibly can with mega scanning large-scale device detection and frequency interruptions and the list goes on.
Korean National Police Agency and National Intelligence Service with the Presidential Security Service and the Korea’s military are going to be on the alert stand for the event. With Korean high technological advancements the Korean authorities seem more then confident in securing the games and the participants while the country gets airplanes-full of overseas audience.
Hoping for the best in technology and cyber-security we look forward to enjoying a joyous cyber-safe Olympics 9th February onwards.