A Look Back at 05
Opinion: Tech growth exploded this year, but not without a few stumbles.Well, 2005 is just about gone. It was only yesterday that many of us stopped writing "04" on our travel and expense forms. The year went by so fast that it almost had the feel of 1997, or even 1999. Tech exploded this year, especially in online search, mobile devices and wireless. At the same time, however, cracks were showing in that shiny facade of growth. As eWEEK editors, reporters and Labs analysts look back at the year that was in this weeks issue, we found much to praiseand just as much to pan. Hurricane Katrina proved that no matter how well you plan and execute your disaster recovery/business continuity plans, some things you just cannot account forsuch as your city being washed away. In his retrospective on the top news stories of the year, Executive Editor Chris Gonsalves points out that while much infrastructure has been restored following Katrina, many New Orleans residents are still without communications services.
Securityalways an annual Top 10 storydid not disappoint again this year. While some progress is being made, data breaches, such as those at LexisNexis and ChoicePoint, became common, while new threats emerged. Looking ahead, eWEEK Senior Writer Paul F. Roberts reports inside that new and more organized crime syndicates will threaten enterprise data in ways that will be harder to detect until its too late. Regulators are stepping up their efforts around data breach notification and spyware regulation, Senior Editor Caron Carlson reports. Next year, will "The Big One" happena security breach or failure of historic proportionsor will enterprise and consumer IT users continue bleeding of a thousand cuts?