Friday, December 10, 2010

Expect increased cyber controls

Expect increased costs for ISPs, data centers and IT service companies; with added headaches for users:

Increased concern over cyber security has been expressed over the last month in western media. The #WikiLeaks controversy will raise the focus still further, causing governments naturally to review and tighten their security procedures. (US military is again attempting to ban physical media like USB drives; UK has another internal review...)
  • Expect further extensions to the provisions of American CALEA legislation that enables law enforcement and intelligence agencies to conduct electronic surveillance, monitoring all telephone, broadband internet, and VoIP traffic in real-time. (More)

  • Expect the UK government to press ahead with plans buried in the 2010 Spending Review to revive the controversial 'Interception Modernisation Programme' which will mandate storage of details of all email, electronic communications and website visits for a minimum of one year. (More)
The US had already spent more than $39m by 2007 on their program; the UK plans are to cost £2bn over ten years. Expect direct and indirect costs to IT service companies to be a multiple of those figures.