Regulatory Developments

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One of Janet’s activities is to monitor and, where possible, influence regulatory developments that affect us and our customer universities, colleges and schools as operators of large computer networks. Since Janet and its customer networks are classified by Ofcom as private networks, postings here are likely to concentrate on the regulation of those networks.

Postings here are, to the best of our knowledge, accurate on the date they are made, but may well become out of date or unreliable at unpredictable times thereafter. Before taking action that may have legal consequences, you should talk to your own lawyers.

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Last week the European Commission published their proposed new Data Protection legislation. This will now be discussed and probably amended by the European Parliament and Council of Ministers before it becomes law, a process that most commentators expect to take at least two years. There's a lot in the proposal so this post will just cover the general themes.

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At the FIRST conference this week I presented ideas on how effective incident response protects privacy. Indeed, since most common malware infects end user devices and hides itself, an external response team may be the only way the owner can learn that their private information is being read and copied by others. The information sources used by incident responders – logfiles, network flows, etc.

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An interesting theme developing at this week’s FIRST conference is how we can make incident detection and response more efficient, making the best use of scarce human analysts. With lots of technologies able to generate alerts it's tempting to turn on all the options, thereby drowning analysts in false positives and alerts of minor incidents: "drinking from your own firehose". It was suggested that many analysts actually spend 80% of their time collecting contextual information just to determine which of the alerts are worth further investigation.

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I was invited to speak at the Russell Group IT Directors' meeting yesterday, on the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 and its implications for universities. My slides are attached to this post.

Most of the Act is concerned with human, rather than technology, issues but the Act does require universities and colleges to have "due regard for the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism". However, as I concluded:

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