200,000 hours of simulation, exhaustive testing to tackle threat
The London 2012 Olympics faces an inevitable cyber threat and the results system or website is most vulnerable to hackers, The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Locog) chief information officer Gerry Pennell said.
Exhaustive testing, he added, would avoid many technological problems such as the one that affected the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
"Delhi would be a good example of why we’re doing this," Pennell said, while setting up a team dedicated to fighting cyber threats.
Locog unveiled a new 2,000sq m Technology Lab, which is a partnership between London 2012 Olympics and Olympic information technology provider Atos Origin. The latter will ensure the IT systems for the Games are subjected to 200,000 hours of simulation and testing before they go live ahead of 2012.
Atos Origin said it will deploy 900 servers, 1,000 network and security devices and 9,500 computers by the time the Games get underway.