It has been reported this morning that the Winter Olympics has been targeted by hackers. Peter Carlisle, VP EMEA at Thales eSecurity commented below.

Peter Carlisle, VP EMEA at Thales eSecurity:

“Global gatherings such as the Olympics that see world leaders, businesses and governmental organisations converge on one location are a naturally attractive target for digital criminal activity. Notably, it is becoming increasingly likely that multiple attempts will be made to obtain sensitive information like passwords.

Even when the stakes are high in situations like this, the international community must ensure that the necessary measures are in place and sufficiently fortified to prevent any data from falling into the wrong hands.

What’s more, with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in less than six months’ time, not only will those organisations that have been hacked have questions of credibility thrown at them, but they also risk being faced with heavy fines. To ensure compliance, across continents and industries, cyber security simply must be a top priority rather than a mere afterthought.”

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