Case study: BT helps world summit stay secure
(2 September 2014)
BT cyber security expertise helps Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs create safe environment for Nuclear Security Summit 2014
When 5,000 delegates including 58 world leaders and representatives from the United Nations, the European Commission, the European Union and Interpol gather in one place, security’s always going to be of the utmost importance.
The challenge facing Han-Maurits Schaapveld, responsible for organising the third Nuclear Security Summit 2014 in The Hague, wasn’t just about physical security during the summit itself, because cyber security needed to be of the highest order too. BT expertise and knowhow in all those areas helped Han-Maurits run a supremely safe and successful event.
One of the first challenges was to create the National Security Summit 2014 web site incorporating the delegate registration portal and an ongoing monitoring service to protect against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
BT also provided the structured cabling infrastructure for the event. That involved upgrading existing cabling at the convention centre, as well as an all-new cabling infrastructure for the temporary village housing thousands of support staff and journalists covering the event for the world media. It included over 70 kilometres of copper and optical fibre cabling serving fixed LAN ports as well as access points for Wi-Fi services. The installation work was completed on schedule and to budget.
BT also imparted new ideas. For example, how to maximise reuse of the infrastructure built to support the NSS, drawing from BT sustainability initiatives following London 2012.
Throughout the four-month registration period there was not one second of downtime and there were no other significant security breaches.
Han-Maurits Schaapveld, Director, Nuclear Security Summit 2014, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, concluded after the event: “We were very grateful that BT agreed to share its wealth of cyber security expertise with us; the learning from its vast experience from the London Olympics being particularly relevant. BT Advise consultancy proved of enormous value, while its connectivity services were impeccably delivered.”
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