Cybercrime and the London 2012 Olympics

DateWednesday 16 Dec 2009



Sir Ian Dixon Lecture Theatre (A004) on the Park Square Campus, University of Bedfordshire, LU1 3JU. Directions.

SpeakerDenis Edgar-Nevill FBCS, CITP. Chair BCS Cybercrime Forensics SG

Now under three years away, plans for the London games are well advanced – including the protection of the athletes, officials, spectators and the reputation of the Olympics themselves from cybercrime.

This presentation will look at the history of the Olympic Games in the modern era and identify the vulnerabilities which exist to a variety of problems from accidents to deliberate forms of sabotage; focusing on the use of computer crime in particular. It will also consider the susceptibility of the event to unforeseen accidents and complications which are the normal consequences of computer applications on this scale. The presentation will conclude with a risk assessment which looks in particular at the cybercrime dangers of the Olympic Games particularly for the individual.


Denis is Head of Department, Department of Computing at CanterburyChrist Church Computing. He has been teaching and researching in the area of Cybercrime since developing one of the first MSc courses in the UK in this area jointly validated with (what is now) the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA). He is also chair of the CFET (Cybercrime Forensics Education and Training) annual international conferences held since 2007. In 2008 he proposed to the BCS the formation of the BCS Cybercrime Forensics SG and was elected founding chair in December 2008 (re-elected chair at the AGM in September 2009). He has in excess of 150 publications in the areas of computer forensics, cybercrime, software quality, computing education and a range of other computing fields. He is an active member of the BCS having served on a number of different branch committees and the CEng committee in Scotland.

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