Japan is a nation that embraces its rich culture and extensive history while also proudly being a world leader in cutting-edge technology and making a high-tech future its present. The island nation has a global reach, mighty economy, and unparalleled character.

As such a world-class powerhouse and inviting, exciting country it is little wonder that Japan has been awarded four Olympic Games: two Winter Games in Sapporo and Nagano, and two Summer Games both of which went to Tokyo.

One of the Summer Games was to be held in 2020. However, as with everywhere else the COVID-19 pandemic upset almost all aspects of Japanese society, including its planned Olympics, delaying the event until July 2021. Only weeks before the games were set to begin, planners in Japan became the latest victims of a data breach.

Supply-Chain Attack

The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee suffered a data breach as its information sharing tool developed by Fujitsu Limited was compromised. This breach affected the data of 170 people, which was leaked.

This leak revealed the names, titles, and affiliations of individuals across roughly 90 organizations. Some of these organizations include the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing body, national ministries, game sponsors, and local-level information of hosting sites, including Tokyo and Fukushima Prefectures.

Ahead of the games, Japan planned for cyberattacks that could occur during the games. Two related agencies that were breached are the Foreign Ministry and the National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity.

The breach is believed to have been caused by malware, and appears to be a supply-chain attack. Using the Fujitsu collaboration software, the hackers were likely to have been able to access government offices in Japan.

Gold Medal Protection

Major sporting events are constant targets for cybercriminals, and one the scope of the Olympic Games provides them with worldwide visibility. However, most sectors are vulnerable to such breaches. In this case, the organizing committee was hit as were some Japanese agencies.

In today’s world, it is crucial to implement a comprehensive security solution. SecureDrive offers a variety of products that can be used in conjunction with each other to help protect sensitive data. Two particularly strong drives are SecureDrive BT and SecureUSB BT. Both of these can be enhanced with Remote Management, which allows administrators greater control over drives, including restricting times the drives can be used and where they can be used.

Sometimes the threat can come from within. The SecureGuard USB program uses the Remote Management console to allow administrators more control over computers across the company. This program whitelists and blacklists individual devices. This helps to prevent malware and viruses from being uploaded via an infected device. To learn more about how to set up a complete security solution today, call one of our experts at 424-363-8535.

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