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Security was a significant concern prior to the Games. At Beijing 2008, businesses battled 12 million cyber-security threats a day. In the run up to London 2012, the UK expected to encounter between 12 million and 14 million cyber-threats a day. Businesses without a robust network infrastructure were taking a chance and faced:

  • Financial losses
  • Damage to their reputations
  • Loss of confidential data

The Olympic transformation

In light of the cyber-security threat, nearly two thirds of businesses invested in network security leading up to London 2012. This involved reviewing antivirus software, firewalls, off-site back-up and access to infrastructure. Many organisations transformed their businesses by:

  • Updating firewalls, access controls and data-packet monitoring
  • Redefining protocols
  • Reviewing network privileges
  • Training staff

The legacy of network security improvements…

…for employees

Staff at organisations that invested in security came away with greater confidence in their corporate systems. Improved security also increases the likelihood that they can work remotely and flexibly. On top of this, IT departments now spend less time dealing with security issues, which leaves them free to work on more strategic projects.

…for businesses

Businesses that improved network security during the Games are now well placed to protect their intellectual property and prevent costly security breaches. The damage to a business from a cyber-attack can be significant. In June 2012, the director of MI5 revealed that a major UK business had suffered losses of £800 million following a cyber-attack.

With the spotlight on London businesses, did you feel the strain on security?

Security

Locked up

Security was a significant concern prior to the Games. At Beijing 2008, businesses battled 12 million cyber-security threats a day. In the run up to London 2012, the UK expected to encounter between 12 million and 14 million cyber-threats a day. Businesses without a robust network infrastructure were taking a chance and faced:

  • Financial losses
  • Damage to their reputations
  • Loss of confidential data

The Olympic transformation

In light of the cyber-security threat, nearly two thirds of businesses invested in network security leading up to London 2012. This involved reviewing antivirus software, firewalls, off-site back-up and access to infrastructure. Many organisations transformed their businesses by:

  • Updating firewalls, access controls and data-packet monitoring
  • Redefining protocols
  • Reviewing network privileges
  • Training staff

The legacy of network security improvements…

…for employees

Staff at organisations that invested in security came away with greater confidence in their corporate systems. Improved security also increases the likelihood that they can work remotely and flexibly. On top of this, IT departments now spend less time dealing with security issues, which leaves them free to work on more strategic projects.

…for businesses

Businesses that improved network security during the Games are now well placed to protect their intellectual property and prevent costly security breaches. The damage to a business from a cyber-attack can be significant. In June 2012, the director of MI5 revealed that a major UK business had suffered losses of £800 million following a cyber-attack.

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