A Strategic and Critical Thinking Lens of World Cup Russia 2018

A Strategic and Critical Thinking Lens of World Cup Russia 2018

Like the Sochi Winter Games, the immediate aftermath of the 2018 World Cup is likely to be favorable toward Russia.  But, like the doping controversy that resulted in the barring of Russian athletes from several major sports competitions after Sochi, time will tell whether Russia’s hosting of soccer’s global extravaganza will be deemed a success. […]

Putin’s World Cup Miscalculation

Putin’s World Cup Miscalculation

Media pundits and geopolitical scholars have compared Putin’s World Cup to Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics, asserting that the global spectacle of the World Cup is primarily a propaganda effort by Putin’s Russia.  Indeed, the Sochi Olympic Games were just held in 2014, and Putin sought to grandstand his nation through a deceitful athlete doping and […]

Update on World Cup Cybersecurity

Wow! Can you believe the upsets from the past few days!

Update on World Cup Cybersecurity

The games are on!  This past week-end gave us an amazing win by Mexico over the favored Germany during the FIFA 2018 World Cup.  

Russian Intelligence Services & the World Cup

Russian Intelligence Services & the World Cup

As Russia prepares for the World Cup, attendees should prepare as well.  Attendees should pay particular attention to personal security, both physical and cyber.  Concerns about physical security and possible violence against attendees are the topic of discussion among many, especially in Britain.  However, protection of fans, athletes and reporters in cyberspace is just as […]

English Fan’s Safety at World Cup Remains a Concern

Concerns remain over the safety of fans attending the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, especially England’s fans.  Tuesday senior police officer for soccer, Mark Roberts, spoke before a parliament’s foreign affairs committee assuring lawmakers Russia was prepared to handle security for the multi-day, multi-venue event.  As Russia provides assurances it is prepared to ensure […]

WADA Releases Doping Rules Violations from 2016

WADA Releases Doping Rules Violations from 2016

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) released a report April 26th indicating nearly 1600 anti-doping rules violations (ADRV) occurred in 2016.  The violations involved athletes and support staff from 117 nationalities across 112 sports. The report analyzed a total of 229, 514 samples from WADA accredited laboratories accounting for 1,595 ADRVs. The majority of the violations, […]

c-Watch Program for 2018 Open for Enrollment

c-Watch Program for 2018 Open for Enrollment

Our 2018 c-Watch Training program is set to begin April 30th.  As in our past course offerings, our students can attend from any location and log-in at a time that is convenient.  Our offering of 10-weeks with a follow-on Pop-Up Security Operations Center (SOC) exercise allows students the opportunity to get access to practicing professionals […]

The Winter Games in Korea and Support from Sports-ISAO

The Winter Games in Korea and Support from Sports-ISAO

Since the Opening Ceremony, Sports-ISAO has demonstrated a public-private partnership (PPP) model that has been engaged in supporting government and commercial efforts to help defend against cyber threats.  Part of the Sports-ISAO effort has incorporated its intelligence crowdsourcing method, involving vetted university students that Sports-ISAO previously trained through its partnership with the c-Watch Program. Sports-ISAO […]

Fancy Bears Targets Canada

An investigation in 2016 by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of state sponsored doping resulting in the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) being banned from international events.

Fancy Bears Targets Canada

  A verbal altercation between a Canadian delegation member and Russian coach has garnered the attention of Fancy Bears resulting in a February 7th post on their site chastising Canada’s efforts in the previous winter games in addition to covering up an athlete’s doping activities during the Olympic Games in Rio. The incident occurred early […]