2020 Summer Olympics


With over 7.8 million tickets for sale, the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan will bring even larger crowds than the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

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Abstract

With over 7.8 million tickets for sale, the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan will bring even larger crowds than the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The expected crowds, the use of emerging technologies and the attention generated around the 2020 Summer Olympics will present security challenges for Olympic organizers, partners, sponsors, suppliers, service providers and attendees. Over the last decade, there have been numerous cybersecurity-related events aimed at those involved with the Olympics. Some of these events were recently highlighted in the Cyber Threat Alliance’s (CTA) 2020 Summer Olympic Threat Assessment.

Radware researchers assess with moderate confidence that the 2020 Summer Olympics will see similar attacks to the ones that targeted the 2016 Olympic games.

Background

The 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo were the first games to be broadcast in color. Since then, the Olympics have altered how we view sporting events. The 2020 Summer Olympics will deliver new breakthrough in technology with the widespread deployment of 5G networks, 3D athlete tracking and 8K broadcast resolution.

The 2020 Summer Olympics will be one of the most technologically advanced sporting events in history. Spectators won’t just be presented with a series of smart stadiums. They will be presented with one of the most connected cities in the world and a glimpse into how technology will influence future sporting events. Spectators will be able to interact with human support robots or ride in an autonomous taxicab. There will also be a variety of multimedia technologies and digital devices deployed for streaming content, providing viewers around the world with immersive and interactive experiences.

Providing spectators with additional connectivity and technological innovations is always a double-edged sword. While connectivity provides a better user experience, additional technology and innovation can create a larger attack surface for cybercriminals.

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