Much of the world’s attention has tuned into the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and a lot of eyes have been gleaming over the athletes who make gliding down a half-pipe slope as easy as breathing.
It is not unusual for security detail on the ground to be well prepared for oncoming threats, like terrorism and dangers from large crowds. Over 400 personnel practiced SWAT drills to train for the Games in Pyeongchang and ensure that all threats are covered. The safety of competitors and attendees are especially important, and it seems like the South Korean government are covering all bases for some peace of mind.
The South Korean Defense Ministry plans on having 5,000 armed forces for the games, making that number twice what the 2002 World Cup had.
Cyber security is a top priority for this year’s Games
With South Korea becoming a huge target for cyber attacks, specifically from hacker groups based out of North Korea, China, and Russia, security measures for the Winter Games have ramped up beyond just the grounds. An attacker can cause harm remotely without having to be on-site of the event. They can potentially flood the servers to make it inaccessible for all users, or breach data for personal information like credit card numbers. Hackers can do incredible damage by messing with drug test data or releasing confidential information
New arenas of security also include the sky
Physical disruption of sporting events have been compromised by unmanned aerial vehicle dropping bombs before, so South Korean officials are careful to be sure the skies are clear. Security personnel have been trained to shoot down an air vehicle carrying a bomb, and there are even drone-catching drones to assist them. The airspace over the Games has also been declared a no-fly zone for any unauthorized aircraft.
Even without any proposed threats, officials have taken precaution to make sure everyone is safe. The measures that have been taken show that personal safety shouldn’t be at risk for anyone at any level.