Unisys and the Invictus Games Sydney 2018: An Adaptive Mindset

November 19th, 2018APAC Voices


The Unisys team has been reveling in the sporting spirit and live action challenges of providing the IT and cybersecurity needs for the more than 200 workers and volunteers of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.

Created by HRH The Duke of Sussex, the Invictus Games see wounded, injured or ill servicemen and women (both serving and veterans) contest medals in 11 adaptive sports including wheelchair basketball, road cycling, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing.

Unisys has a proud history working with the Defence community and jumped at the opportunity to provide IT and cybersecurity support to the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 and our team globally has been thrilled to support these unique Games and push the boundaries for events-based IT and security solutions.

For example, our colleagues across the Tasman played an integral role in building the security systems supporting the Games’ team. Email Filtering and anti-Virus were deployed using the New Zealand team’s expertise with cloud-based email filtering, while Unisys’ UK engineering team designed and implemented a Unisys Stealth®-based microsegmentation solution to protect critical data via a Proxy, with ongoing monitoring being managed by the Unisys team in India. The team in India were also responsible for setting up the mobile device management using Microsoft Intune.

The pride in watching our Aussie competitors spurred on the local Unisys team to keep up their energy and exceed SLA expectations as they provided 24/7 IT and cybersecurity support to the Invictus Games. We headed into these Games with a mindset to ‘prepare as much as possible but expect to need to change and adapt’ – and this served us well. Plan for the worst and hope for the best. Having our own adaptive mindset allowed for fast and decisive resolutions to technical challenges as they arose.

The key to an adaptive approach at these short-term events, such as the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, stems from the whole team understanding the broader objectives of the event. Each Unisys associate understands the primary goals and the expectations for success.

With Unisys’ technical know-how and the collaborative spirit of the Invictus Games, we are truly proud to have created a strong roadmap for IT and cybersecurity support in environments such as the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anthony Wilson

Anthony Wilson is the Unisys/Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Program Director. He leads the Unisys team providing IT and cybersecurity support to the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.