Change is inevitable and it happens in every industry. Those that evolve with change often help lead the transformation and revolutionize their domain. In 2016 we began to enter the era of digital transformation in our industry and changes have begun to take place that are revolutionizing the way we consume, collect and deliver data to every aspect of society. Along with these changes have we seen the creation of new businesses and opportunities centered around this evolution in connectivity. Digitization is creating growth opportunities and offering user experiences in ways we have never seen before.
As the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang approaches, Radware’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Threat Research Center turn their attention to the large crowds and target-rich environments created by high-profile events once again. With over 1.07 million tickets available for 102 events over 16 days, spread out across two clusters and containing a total of 12 venues, the crowds at the 2018 Winter Olympics will bring a large demand for connectivity. This enormous demand for connectivity and technology at the Winter Olympics will also pose a security risk for Olympic organizers, partners, sponsors, suppliers, service providers, athletes and attendees.
As the 2016 Summer Olympics approach, the cyber community turns its attention to the crowds and target-rich environment created by this high profile sporting event. Over 500,000 attendees to Rio De Janeiro are expected to consume record breaking connectivity volumes. This enormous demand will pose a security challenge for service providers as the 2016 Summer Olympics have the potential to be one of the most vulnerable sporting events in modern history and will provide cyber criminals with numerous opportunities.
Cyber criminals focus on identity theft by deploying malicious software designed to harvest and steal personal information. Technologies designed to enhance the spectator experience also poses challenges. Internet Service Providers (ISP), sponsors, online merchandise stores, gambling websites, hotels, and even federal and city administration networks are potential targets. Each has a different threat scenario based on the vector of attack.