Will Security Be Sochi's Most-Watched Event?

January 31, 2014

I this article CORE Security CEO, Mark Hatton, talks about security issue with the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi.

A definite sign of the times in which we live is that as the world gears up for a major global event in a couple weeks in Sochi, Russia, the number-one topic of conversation is security and not the Olympic Games themselves.

Ever since the tragedy at the 1972 Games in Munich, security and guarding against attacks has become a priority for event organizers charged with keeping both athletes and observers safe. In recent versions of the Games, the term security has been broadened to include not only physical security, but network security as well.


Physical security will always receive the majority of attention, and rightly so as you can’t compare the loss of data with injury or loss of human life. However, organizers must remain hyper-vigilant against cyber-attacks and Internet scams as large-scale, international events are a favorite of hackers and malicious cyber groups.  As a cyber-security specialist, one of my concerns heading into these Olympic Games is that the public has become somewhat desensitized to cyber-attacks and we may not have the same level of vigilance against cyber threats as we should.

In the past few weeks alone we’ve read about high-value breaches at leading retailers such as Target Corporation and Neiman Marcus but with the exception of those directly affected, it didn’t seem to cause much of an uproar or major shock amongst the common consumer. But as any security expert will tell you, you are always at your most vulnerable when your guard is down. That’s why in situations like walking to your car in a parking garage, you should always aware of your surroundings, have your keys in your hand, look around to see if anyone following you, avoid talking on your cell phone, etc. These steps make you more vigilant and less of an inviting target.

To read the entire article, please visit SecurityWeek at: http://www.securityweek.com/will-security-be-sochis-most-watched-event

Mark Hatton, President, CEO



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