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Security, information systems to be integrated for Tokyo Olympics to fight cyberattacks

  • March 27, 2018
  • , Sankei , p. 31
  • JMH Translation

Security guidelines for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games were revealed on March 26. For the first time in Olympic history, the Organizing Committee will integrate the security and information systems to deal with cyberattacks and a facial recognition system will be used to manage movement of personnel at the gates.


Even as terrorist attacks proliferate around the world, the Tokyo Olympic Games will be dispersed to a large number of venues. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the police, and other relevant organizations will work together on security measures for a wide area based on the guidelines.


Daily activities are now increasingly reliant on the Internet and control of transportation, power, and other essential infrastructure is automated. Dealing with cyberattacks that can inflict serious damage on real world systems is a top priority issue.


The government is stepping up efforts to expand emergency power sources and train specialized personnel. The Organizing Committee has also launched a “CIRT 2020” team integrating the security sections and information system sections dealing with cyberattacks to counter such attacks.


In light of increasing computerization of security checks and competition procedures and records, these systems are a potential target of cyberattacks.


Security control centers will be set up at all competition venues, and all government and private organizations, including those in charge of security and infrastructure, will be connected, with the Organizing Committee serving as the pivot. All signs of possible terrorist or cyberattacks will be watched constantly. Selected officials will be assigned to all control centers, and they will work together to ensure security at the venues and the safety of spectators in an emergency.


Unpredictable attacks by lone wolves are a cause of concern since they are difficult to identify in advance. In light of soft targets, such as concert venues, being attacked by terrorists overseas, advanced technology will be introduced to cover for the expected personnel shortage, since the Tokyo Olympic Games will be spread across 42 venues in 9 prefectures.


Facial recognition systems are being considered for the competition venues and the Olympic village.


There will be a nationwide effort to recruit adequate personnel, since they form the backbone of security measures. During the Olympic Games, the Organizing Committee will outsource security operations to private security companies, employing some 14,000 personnel. However, a shortage is still expected because security companies will still have to engage in their regular operations. For this reason, a joint venture for Olympic security consisting of many companies will be set up shortly to share the workload during the Olympic Games.


These security personnel will manage the movement of spectators and keep watch at the competition venues. All people entering the venues will be checked by X-ray and metal detectors and bags will be opened for visual inspection. The same standards will also apply to vehicles. (Abridged)

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