WASHINGTON, July 9, 2024 – The Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA) today announced the publication of its report on the cyber risk and threat assessment to the Paris Summer Olympics.

This report is an update to the CTA’s existing Summer Olympics Threat Assessment from Tokyo 2020 to reflect the cyber risk and threat landscape changes for the Paris 2024 Games. The Threat Assessment will help focus CTA members’ information sharing activities for the Games and will enable members to develop planning scenarios based on the threat landscape. CTA recommends that anyone with responsibility for Olympics-related cybersecurity review this report for actions to further improve their security posture. Our recommendations apply not just to the Olympics, but also to any major event in which governments, companies, and corporate sponsors are involved, and which heads of state, executives, and networks defenders, must plan for and support.

The world’s attention will be on the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics, making it a prime target for various threat actors motivated by geopolitical, ideological, or financial gains. The Olympics represent not just a sporting event, but also a global stage for countries, organizations, and various movements. Equally as important, though, the Olympics in the digital age requires significant cybersecurity capability and resilience. This high-profile event attracts the interests of nation-states, cybercriminals, and hacktivist groups, each with distinct objectives but a common goal to exploit the international spotlight. CTA members are seeing an uptick in campaigns referencing the Paris Olympics as well as indicators of malicious activity and resources of campaigns and malware from earlier games making a resurgence.

CTA assesses that the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics could face significant cyber threats, including nation-state led disruption attempts, disinformation campaigns, and cybercrime. Disruption attempts would likely be low-level and primarily aimed at reducing confidence in the French government via interfering with the attendee experience. Disinformation campaigns are anticipated to use both traditional techniques and to leverage advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), to create misleading narratives aimed at undermining public trust and disrupting the Games. The cybercrime threat is also expected to be significant, with a rise in phishing and cryptocurrency scams targeting Olympic themes.

This CTA Threat Assessment report showcases the value of the industry collaborating to solve the big cyber problems of today. You can download the full Threat Assessment report here: CTA 2024 Summer Olympics Threat Assessment (July 2024)

“As one of the largest, most prominent events in the world, the Olympics draws a lot of attention — both positive and negative. Our report on the Tokyo Olympics three years ago highlighted a range of cyber threats from nation-states to criminals and those threats have only intensified with respect to the Paris Games,” said Michael Daniel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cyber Threat Alliance. “In response to those changes, we have again updated our assessment, so that defenders can have the most up to date view from a cross section of industry. These reports highlight a core CTA strength — the ability to produce reports that draw on a wide array of industry viewpoints.”

About the Cyber Threat Alliance
CTA was founded by Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., Cisco, Fortinet, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, and Symantec, Enterprise Division of Broadcom. Membership also includes Brandefense, CUJO AI, CyberCX, Gen, Juniper Networks, K7 Computing, LevelBlue Labs, Maltiverse, Minsait, NEC Corporation, Nozomi Networks, NTT, OneFirewall, Outpost 24, Panda Security (WatchGuard), Rapid7, Red Piranha, ReversingLabs, SANDS Lab, Scitum, SecureBrain (Hitachi), SecurityScorecard, SK shieldus, SonicWall, Sophos, TEHTRIS, Telefónica Tech, and Yoroi. CTA is the industry’s first formally organized nonprofit group of cybersecurity practitioners that work together in good faith to share threat information and improve global defenses against advanced cyber adversaries. CTA’s mission is to facilitate the sharing of actionable intelligence and situational awareness about sophisticated cyber threats to improve its members’ cyber defenses, more effectively disrupt malicious cyber actors around the world and raise the level of cybersecurity throughout the Internet and cyberspace. The alliance is continuing to grow on a global basis, enriching both the quantity and quality of the information that is being shared across the platform. CTA is actively recruiting additional regional players to enhance information sharing to enable a more secure future for all.

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