The Security Week That Was: A Recap - April 29-May 5, 2006

SIW Editor Geoff Kohl gives a weekly surveillance of news shaping your profession


Versed in Asian languages? Ready to do some flying? Understand the world of securing airports? If so, sharpen up your resume and business pitch. There's new indication that the big growth for airport security may be coming from Asia, according to research from Frost & Sullivan. The research company reports that it is estimated that "China will construct 108 new airports in the next five years, for a total of 240 by 2010." The research company said the Chinese growth is being reflected elsewhere on the continent, with most airport construction in the area coming from new facilities, not simply upgrades of existing facilities. If your company knows airports, don't miss this opportunity.

Multi-Factor Authentication at the Bank

Citibank has recognized the benefit of a third identification element and, no, they're not looking at biometrics. The financial institution turned to a USB token for online banking authentication for its business clients. The tokens dynamically generate an additional passcode, which is used in conjunction with the user's username and password. By going to the token format, Citibank says it should be able to stymie the efforts of spyware and keyloggers.