Rubbing Intel In Processor Race
The problem when you're at the top is there's only one
place to go and computer chip leviathan Intel may be experiencing
something akin to a descent, at least for now. Intel dominated
the computer chip market for years but while their earnings
were very good...
Says IT Orgs Changing, Disbanding
In a new study by research firm Gartner, IT organizations
will be facing dramatic change in the coming years. By
2011, 75% or more will have a different role entirely
, 10% will be gone and 10% more will relegated to commodity
Colleges Face $7 Billion Security Update
To comply with federal wiretap requirements, universities in the US will have to upgrade a lot of expensive hardware and are complaining about the cost.
The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) of 1994 mandated telecom companies to update switches to allow easy federal wiretaps. The rise of VoIP services has caused the FCC to extend that requirement beyond the telcos, the New York Times reported.
Anyone providing Internet access to customers, like ISPs, airports,
libraries, or cities have to comply with CALEA as well. Universities
fall into that mix, and have been voicing their displeasure
with the expense. CALEA compels the service provider to make
the updates at their expense, not the government's.
The feds want to be able to monitor email, instant messaging, and VoIP upon obtaining a court order. Colleges do not dispute the need for law enforcement to investigate terrorists or other criminals, though they do disagree that monitoring will help. The spring 2007 deadline for compliance, as set down by the FCC, is the problem.
"It seems like overkill to make all these institutions spend this huge amount of money for a just-in-case kind of scenario," Florida State University's chief information officer Larry Conrad said in the report.
Already, lawyers for the biggest association of colleges and
universities have begun planning appeals. The report did not
state how much legal actions like these would cost the universities
on top of the forthcoming compliance costs.
David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering
technology and business.