Why A.S.O. needs comprehensive cybersecurity for the Tour de France
Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), organiser of the Tour de France, has a number of security concerns relating to this high-profile event. It has to protect sensitive data, the online channels delivering that data, and the organisation itself, from cyberattacks.
In 2015, A.S.O. decided to bring the Tour de France even closer to fans and followers by using data gathered from individual riders to provide new insights into the race. These insights tell any number of compelling stories about the strategies and tactics involved in competing in this iconic event.
Tracking devices fitted under each bike’s saddle measure the rider’s speed, position in the peloton, and the distance between riders throughout each stage. The sensitive nature of this data and high profile of the race expose A.S.O. to numerous risks: the data itself is extremely valuable and, in the wrong hands, could cause immense financial or reputational damage to A.S.O., Race Center, the data website, could also be targeted.
Any security measures geared at preventing this from happening must be in real-time and effective, protecting A.S.O.’s data and platforms without disruption or delay, to maintain the excitement of viewing real-time statistics throughout the race.