15 Key Cyber Imperatives for the Tokyo Summer Games

FEB 16 2018

AUTHOR

Kumar Ritesh

The following cyber imperatives, based on the analysis of cyber issues experienced in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, will help ensure a safer, more secure Summer Olympics in 2020:

1. Develop a comprehensive cyberstrategy, including policies encompassing IT/OT/IoT and emerging technologies security

2. Assess short-, medium- and long-term cyber risks and create a mitigation strategy addressing tolerance levels

3. Implement a nationwide cyber resilience strategy

4. Establish a clear understanding of new technologies, their attack surface and new threats they create

5. Ensure that new attack surfaces are properly risk assessed with countermeasures built around them

6. Inventory all hardware and software assets and the state of their “cyber health”

7. Embed secure project management standards into all projects

8. Conduct cyber risk reviews of critical infrastructure (energy, transportation, water supply, etc.) and facility management systems

9. Get back to the basics — patch management, configuration management and secure release management

10. Monitor threat actors and their motives, mechanisms, methods and techniques, especially state-sponsored adversaries

11. Containerize interconnected system to limit the impact of a cyberattack

12. Properly test the cyber incident process, which covers remediation of impacted IT/OT assets

13. Create a nationwide cyber fusion center with anomaly monitoring and alerting/action strategies

14. Foster cyber awareness among government agencies, companies, organizers, athletes and visitors

15. Implement appropriate security controls encompassing protection, monitoring and detection capabilities