Cyber Risks During Events - Rio Olympics 2016

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Cyber Risks During Events - Rio Olympics 2016

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This paper was written by our correspondent Rogerio Winter, Colonel at the Brazilian Army.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016 were considered the most connected event of all time. According to the data released by Canaltech, the official online media accounted nearly 3.5 billion videos watched online, 1 billion visitors on the official website of the event, 130 million hours videos watched on mobile devices, and 170,000 hours of content produced and published almost in real time.

The information technology infrastructure had to be planned and designed almost 4 years before the event, along with all aspects of cybersecurity. As a major cultural and sporting event the organisation demanded the direct involvement of the government and the private sector: security, comprising public safety, national defence, intelligence, civil defence, urban planning and private security had to be seen from a comprehensive perspective and also had to cover emergency services to prevent and respond to threats which demand security and safety of the general population, the athletes, the spectators, and guests of the Games.

The main purpose of the is to show: What cybersecurity challenges did Brazil face in connection with these events? How do Brazilian authorities ensured cybersecurity for the events? Which are the lessons-learned during past events fed into the preparation of the Olympics? Did Brazil cooperate with other countries to enhance cybersecurity for these events? What is the difference between past and future challenges in cybersecurity?

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This paper gives the views of the author, and does not represent the position of the Cybersecurity Capacity Portal, the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre nor of the University of Oxford.

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