Lawful interception used to be straightforward because it was confined to traditional voice traffic. Over the internet terrorists and other criminals find a wide range of sophisticated, encrypted communication channels available to them, and with the changing communication patterns, the regulatory mandates have expanded to traffic that scarcely existed twenty years ago. Sponsored by Utimaco Safeware AG, Frost & Sullivan has published a whitepaper entitled "Lawful Interception: A Mounting Challenge for Service Providers and Governments", that identifies and analyses the challenges faced by governments and service providers in satisfying the need for surveillance to combat crime, without any gaps in coverage.
"Network operators and service providers are actually not able to comply with the fundamental requirements of lawful interception without a dedicated lawful interception solution," says Alexander Michael, Principal at Frost & Sullivan. "Without a complete solution, compliance can be a lot of work and there is an inherent risk of abuse and other failures to protect the privacy of the users."
The whitepaper discusses the different regulatory mandates and their development, around the world. It describes the ensuing challenges and how network operators and governments can use technology to address the challenges.
Lawful interception is a powerful law enforcement tool, but it does impose a huge burden on network operators and service providers. Frost & Sullivan believes governments should take more direct responsibility for maintaining lawful interception capabilities, instead of just passing the buck to the operators: "In many countries, a government-sponsored umbrella system covering all operators in a jurisdiction would be the best solution for all parties", says Alexander Michael.
To receive via email a free copy of the whitepaper "Lawful Interception: A Mounting Challenge for Service Providers and Governments", please send your request stating name, company name, title, telephone number, Email address, city and country to Caroline George, Marketing Manager LIMS.
For more than 25 years Utimaco (lims.utimaco.com) has been a leading global provider of data security solutions. Since 1994 Utimaco has been providing lawful interception systems for mobile and fixed network operators and Internet service providers. The Utimaco Data Retention Suite was introduced in response to the EU directive 2006/24/EC and at the request of telecom customers for integrated LI and DR solutions. With more than 160 installations in 60 countries, Utimaco is truly a leading supplier in the worldwide lawful interception market. Utimaco participates actively in a range of standardisation institutes and is an active member of ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) and various other associations like eco, VATM, Bitkom, Breko and the WiMAX forum. In this way, Utimaco participates in market developments and supports other members with its competence. Since 1 July 2009, Utimaco Safeware AG has been part of the Sophos Group, a world leader in IT security and data protection with headquarters in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. While Utimaco data security products are now distributed by Sophos, the business units "Lawful Interception and Monitoring Solutions" and "Hardware Security Module" form Utimaco's operating businesses.
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