Atos CEO: Olympics data loss of greater concern than cyber attacks

By Sooraj Shah
17 May 2012 View Comments
The 2012 Olympic Stadium in Stratford

The biggest IT security concern for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is not cyber attacks, but losing real-time data, according to Patrick Adiba, CEO of the Iberia region for IT services company Atos.

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Atos is the Worldwide IT partner for the Olympic Games, and Adiba manages that relationship for the company. He stressed that although cyber attacks are an important concern, a bigger one for Atos is any loss of real-time data and the management of personal data.

"The biggest threats are losing accurate data and protecting and managing personal data from the event," said Abida.

Adiba's comments come a few weeks after Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said that this year's Olympics "will not be immune to cyber attacks by those who would seek to disrupt the Games".

But Adiba told Computing there are many other IT security concerns that do not involve hostile attacks.

"The key within our team is that we are integrating a lot of people from different companies as well as volunteers, so we have to ensure our systems are protected against human error. We have to define the right to access the system," he said.

He said a second security issue was if a system was accessed by someone without the right security clearance.

"It may be accidental, but we would disconnect any support connected to a PC that is accessed [without clearance]," he said.

Adiba said all staff are screened and accredited, and that the next step of safety is through the systems themselves.

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