Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Olympics to bring London IT security challenges

ID cards may be an answer, but sponsorships pose a problem
Britain's IT industry is likely to see business surge as London prepares to spend at least $2 billion on security when it hosts the 2012 Olympics.

The cost could rise as the U.K. tries to fortify itself during the world's most prominent sporting event from a repeat of the July 2005 bombings on London's transport system, said Derek Wyatt, a member of Parliament who spoke at InfoSecurity Europe in London on Tuesday.

"I hope this gives you an inkling of what I think will be the biggest piece of business your industry is going to face over the next five years," Wyatt told a crowd of IT executives.

Technology will play a major role, although decisions on how it will be integrated are far from decided, Wyatt said. One security issue is authentication: how to ensure a person who holds a ticket is indeed the same person who bought it.

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