Cybersecurity measures ramp up for 2024 Olympics

The 2024 Olympics gears up to expand its use of AI, which appears now to include its fight against cyberattacks.


Next month, athletes worldwide will converge on Paris for the eagerly awaited 2024 Summer Olympics. While competitors prepare for their chance to win coveted medals, organisers are focused on defending against cybersecurity threats. Over the past decade, cyberattacks have become more sophisticated due to the misuse of AI. However, the responsible application of AI offers a promising countermeasure.

Sports organisations are increasingly partnering with AI-driven companies like Visual Edge IT, which specializes in risk reduction. Although Visual Edge IT does not directly work with the Olympics, cybersecurity expert Peter Avery shared insights on how Olympic organisers can mitigate risks. Avery emphasised the importance of robust technical, physical, and administrative controls to protect against cyber threats. He highlighted the need for a comprehensive incident response plan and the necessity of preparing for potential disruptions, such as internet overload and infrastructure attacks.

The advent of AI has revolutionised both productivity and cybercrime. Avery noted that AI allows cybercriminals to automate attacks, making them more efficient and widespread. He stressed that a solid incident response plan and regular simulation exercises are crucial for managing cyber threats. As Avery pointed out, the question is not if a cyberattack will happen but when.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) also embraces AI responsibly within sports. IOC President Thomas Bach announced the AI plan to identify talent, personalise training, and improve judging fairness. The Summer Olympics in Paris, which run from 26 July to 11 August, will significantly test these cybersecurity and AI initiatives.