Corporate networks could experience significant impact from the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to a new study by TEKsystems, a provider of IT staffing and talent management services.

The impact is due to competitions taking place during working hours, more widespread Internet access than previous Games and heightened concerns regarding the Rio de Janeiro location, the reports says.

To produce the report, TEKsystems surveyed more than 600 IT professionals in late June 2016. Respondents included help desk support analysts, developers, systems administrators, database administrators, network administrators and others.

Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed expect moderate to major increases in network usage, and about 80% expect their company’s network to be at greater risk due to that increased Internet usage.

Despite the anticipated impact, many companies are taking no action, preferring to monitor the situation. A majority of the organizations (more than 80%), will not be issuing special guidelines or communications regarding use of network resources to view/interact with the Summer Games, and nearly half are not introducing additional measures such as filters, blockers or firewalls specifically for the games.

“This data shows that despite the expected popularity of the upcoming Summer Games and the associated uptick in the use of network resources to view Olympic events, a large number of organizations are not adequately preparing to guard against the increased risk to corporate networks from this activity,” said Jason Hayman, TEKsystems research manager.

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