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Home Working Vulnerabilities During Olympic Period

SecurEnvoy : 17 July, 2012  (Technical Article)
SecurEnvoy comments on the increased IT security vulnerabilities faced in the UK during the olympic games and the special considerations needed for home workers
Home Working Vulnerabilities During Olympic Period
Commenting on an editorial predicting a soaring level of social media-related data theft attacks - before and during the upcoming London Olympics - SecurEnvoy says Olympic-related attack vectors should be an area of great concern for all IT security professionals.

Accoridng to Steve Watts, co-founder of the tokenless two-factor factor authentication ((2FA)) specialist, the mainstream TV news is now starting to report on logistical problems associated with the Olympics.

"Already we've seen the Army having to ramp up its staffing levels owing to the G4S security company problems, and of course there have  been worries associated a crack in the M4, the main transport artery into West London - which will be used in the coming days for the arrival of Olympic athletes and their entourages," he said.

"What IT security professionals need to be aware of, however - as this Mashable report states - is the risk of data theft attack vectors that are associated with the upcoming Olympic Games. A large number of firms are making special arrangements for staff working from home over the period of the Games, so plans need to be made to allow staff to securely log in remotely,” he added.

SecurEnvoy's observations, says Watts, are that there will be transport and communication hiccups during the Games, as London's infrastructure struggles to accommodate the extra physical and electronic traffic, but it is the latter issue than IT security professionals need to be aware of - and plan their security strategies accordingly.

“Cybercriminals and fraudsters will - as this editorial notes - be ready to piggyback on any and all avenues of fraud, and we know that social networking is a consumer phenomenon that employees continue to use at work,” he explained.

In view of this, he says, IT security managers need to be looking at how their electronic defences can be enhanced over the summer, and this is where tokenless (2FA) – which is both low cost and has a very rapid deployment time – can assist.

“Tokenless (2FA) technology – using a mobile phone – can be deployed at relatively low cost and on a near-instant basis. Our servers can issue as many as 100,000 online tokens an hour, which is more than enough for even the largest of companies,” he said.
   
“By asking staff to use tokenless (2FA) technology to authenticate themselves online, this will both raise their awareness of the need for security, whilst at the same time reducing their risk profile. Coming against a backdrop of Facebook ramping up its own security mechanisms (http://bit.ly/MlKhHX ) this can only be good thing,” he added.
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