Protecting the Tokyo Olympics
August 6, 2021
Unless you’ve been off-grid since July 23rd, you’ve seen the wall-to-wall coverage of the XXXII Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. While these games have so far not been marred by an adverse event, since 1970 there have been a number of attacks directly and indirectly related to the Olympic Games and other major sporting events. These include attacks that occurred during the competition, as well as attacks on officials, athletes, tourists, venues and crowds of viewers.
How Does This Affect You?
Even though overall the locations of the Olympic Games are quite safe with respect to physical attacks, for a high profile event like this, security of the athletes and infrastructure is paramount. No host country wants their Olympic Games to be remembered for a violent event, and most countries take the safety and security of their athletes very seriously. This principle also applies to corporations and other organizations holding major events; you don’t want to overlook potential physical security risks by not having the tools to understand, predict, and investigate these types of attacks.
How Can You Stay Secure?
Organizations can augment their physical security strategy by:
- Using location-based social search tools to find public social media posts suggesting a violent threat geotagged near critical locations. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro an executive security team used the Echosec platform to detect a potential threat to an athlete under their protection, and were able to change the athlete’s travel plans to ensure the safety of their client.
- Monitoring social media sources and fringe online web spaces for brand or personnel mentions that could indicate violent intent or planning.