From the Security Experts

July 19, 2012

Possible Olympic-related Attacks has London Tightening Security, SecurEnvoy's 2FA Provides Data Security

By Contributing Writer

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games is set to start in London, England, on 27 July and run to 12 August. In order to make the Games safe and secure for the athletes, spectators, residents and commuters, the local security forces, including Britain’s military, will be on the lookout for anything or anyone that looks suspicious, such as terrorists who have a motive to disrupt the Games or jeopardize the lives of those that are in London.

The Games are sure to offer much excitement during this time, and one can expect Britain to tighten security. As a precaution to people, local security has forewarned them to stay as far away as possible from those areas that will host events, unless they are a participant; they risk being questioned or searched.

There is already in place a multi-layered security plan for the Olympics: video surveillance has been setup, extra security officials have been called-in, and the military is on standby to intervene, if necessary. Travelers are urged to use public transportation to avoid traffic congestion in London. Residents are encouraged to stay out of the way all together; some of them will be asked to work from home over the period of the Games.

London’s security force also expects that the Olympics could be a target for cyber terrorism: As made public in a Mobile Marketing Watch report, they anticipate that thousands, if not millions, of people on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will be victims of hackers and cybercriminals trying to steal personal information from users with social media accounts.

The risk of data theft is present, not only for those that will follow the Olympic Games on a social media site but also for workers in London who will be compelled to work at home until the middle of August; they too are vulnerable to Olympic-related data attacks. In order not to be placed at risk to IT security vulnerabilities, they will need to use multi-factor authentication to securely log-in remotely to access work files from home.

SecurEnvoy’s tokenless two factor authentication, for example, is an effective electronic defense measure that adds an extra layer of security to authenticate remote network users while at home. It allows users secure remote access deployment without the need of additional hardware tokens or smartcards.

Steve Watts, co-founder of the tokenless two-factor factor authentication (2FA), says that SecurEnvoy’s token based authentication solution is an essential component of any security infrastructure, even effective for most types of mobile devices.

Lately, Motiv chose SecurEnvoy for SMS texting; applying their 2FA technology as a more intuitive alternative for its clients. As they did with Motiv, SecurEnvoy proved it can help IT company’s secure corporate networks. SecurEnvoy’s tokenless 2FA may be just the solution for those in London that need to work at home during the Olympic Games, if not for those telework.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman