Sunday, April 15, 2012

London 2012 Olympic Preparedness Checklist

At time of posting, there are exactly 100 days until the start of the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Are you ready for the starter's gun?

Whether you are a follower of the games or not, the numbers are impressive:
  • 11,000 athletes will compete in 300 events accompanied by 7000 foreign officials
  • 24,000 military and police will provide security, costing £500M
  • 200,000 are employed by the London Olympic Committee
  • 250,000 people will be at the Olympic park at any one time
  • 500,000 international spectators will come to London
  • 6,000,000 will visit London for the games in total
  • 7,000,000 tickets will be sold
The Information Technology figures are similarly eye-opening:
  • 60Gb/s of traffic will leave the venue during events
  • The BBC will stream 1Tb/s of content to end users at peak times, 5-10x normal
  • There are 1800 WIFI and 25 3G base-stations in the park
  • 900 Acer servers, 11500 desktops and 1100 laptops
  • 3,500 IT specialists will operate these systems including 400 desktop support technicians
  • They will be fixing desktops and laptops running Microsoft Windows XP and Vista
The total cost for the games will be £12 billion, £2000 per visitor.

Along with the excitement and anticipation, thoughts have now turned firmly to practicalities of continuing business operations. While most of the official advice is around transport, security, and staffing, little has been said concerning IT and Telecommunications. Meanwhile our banking clients at Canary Wharf have already secured nearby hotel rooms for hundreds of key staff, one manufacturing company is providing static caravan's in their car park, another has taken the precaution of obtaining short-term office space outside the capital, complete with local IT. Our international clients began preparing immediately after London was announced, having learned from prior experience in Sydney.

If you are charged with keeping your organisation's technology running during the games, you now have just 70 working days to prepare, test, and put a plan into action. While a London Olympics is only a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, planning for continued operations during the games shares much in common with other more frequent DR or BC challenges like the 2009 flu pandemic, the 2005 terrorist attacks, the 2005 fire, or the 2011 city-wide rioting, all of which are familiar to London businesses.

Even minor disruptions can mean you are denied access to your premises, your datacenter is without power, or the transport network fails. These "little disasters" happen every single day to someone, somewhere in the capital city, as we have already seen. If you haven't done anything yet it is not too late, a lot can be accomplished in 100 days but there is no time to lose.

360is have compiled a check list of things IT managers at London offices should think about before the Olympics. If you want to know how to cope with low bandwidth conditions in an emergency, provide IT service for remote users, tuning infrastructure to cope with VPN workers, or establishing a second datacentre outside London, get in touch.

Send me the 360is Olympic Preparedness Checklist

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

360is London Counter Terror Expo

Three Sixty will be present at the 2012 Counter Terror Expo, held at at The Grand Hall, Olympia, West Kensington. Between the 25th and 26th April we shall join with our clients and partners in the exhibition hall, briefings, and break-out sessions.

The event is open to the security industry, armed forces, government, equipment procurement organisations, specifiers, operators / end-users, trade media, and research establishments. There will be 9000 delegates and hundreds of exhibitors. Of the many streams and seminars to attend, we recommend that our clients and partners check the following:

Cyber Security & Electronic Terrorism
26th April 2012 (day 2)

08:00 - 08:45 Coffee/Registration
08:45 - 09:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks
09:00 - 09:30 Securing Cyberspace - Challenges and Consequences
09:30 - 10:00 Security and the Cyber threat
10:00 - 10:30 Cyber Attack Analysis
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea / Exhibition time

11:00 - 11:30 Policing Criminality in Cyberspace
11:30 - 11:55 Social Media - Friend, Foe, or Terrorist threat?
11:55 - 12:20 Corporate Espionage and Cyber Security
12:20 - 12:45 Cyber Security and the Threat to Information
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch / Exhibition time

14:00 - 14:25 Addressing Evolving Cyber Challenges
14:25 - 14:50 Multidimensional threats in the Mainstream
14:50 - 15:15 Smartphone Security Risks and Exploits
15:15 - 15:40 Countering Evolving and Emerging Cyber Security Threats
15:40 - 16:05 Cyber Security Preparedness in the UK
16:05 - 16:30 Panel Discussion
16:30 - 16:45 Close of Cyber Security Conference

Counter Terror Expo is a secure event and all visitor applications must pass through the security vetting procedure to assess their eligibility to attend. If you are unable to attend and would like to speak to one of our consultants about your information security project then please get in touch.

Update 25-04-12: We'll be wearing a red carnation and carrying a copy of the times.