Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Mitsui and Scadafence partner on security for Tokyo Olympics

Steve Rogerson
April 9, 2019



To stop hackers using IoT devices to launch attacks against Japanese infrastructure during the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, smart city innovator Mitsui Fudosan has selected operational technology (OT) security firm Scadafence to secure its critical facilities and building management systems (BMS).
 
The Scadafence platform provides BMS administrators with continuous OT network monitoring for increased visibility, risk management and threat protection.
 
“Scadafence enhances our ability to continue and adopt smart city technologies and will allow us to operate securely as we digitalise our OT infrastructure,” said Akira Sugawara of Mitsui Fudosan. “Our building management systems are constantly becoming more digitised and inter-connected due to industrial IoT technologies and securing them requires technology designed for massive, complex networks.”
 
In 2018, the Olympic Destroyer malware took down critical systems, sabotaging the preparation for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. To avoid similar incidents and ensure a smoothly operating Tokyo 2020, Scadafence will protect the BMS infrastructure from malicious attacks, which can jeopardise the organisers’ reputation and even endanger human lives.
 
Such attacks can range from turning off the HVAC systems during Tokyo’s hot summer to setting off fire alarms in the early morning, putting affected athletes at a disadvantage when it comes to the time to compete.
 
“Cyber threats have become a growing concern to BMS owners in various industries such as hospitals, financial institutions, hospitality and airports,” said Elad Ben Meir, CEO of Scadafence. “Our joint work with Mitsui and our ability to support their growing OT infrastructure ensures they have the required peace of mind as they go through their digital transformation journey.”
 
Scadafence and Mitsui Fudosan will discuss the challenges of securing BMS systems in smart cities and how to secure them during an upcoming Scadafence seminar about OT security in Tokyo on April 12, 2019.
 
Scadafence helps companies with large-scale OT networks embrace the benefits of industrial IoT by reducing cyber risks and mitigating operational threats. The non-intrusive platform provides coverage of large-scale networks, offering detection accuracy, asset discovery and user experience. It seamlessly integrates OT security within existing security operations, bridging the IT-OT convergence gap.
 
Mitsui Fudosan is a global real estate company headquartered in Tokyo.