High Bandwidth, but Security, Too
Anyone can tell you it's risky to put a bank branch with unlocked doors next to a freeway on-ramp.Anyone can tell you its risky to put a bank branch with unlocked doors next to a freeway on-ramp. It doesnt take long for would-be robbers to notice the combination of an attractive target and a ready means of escape. Something similar is happening as Net-based businesses are generating an ever-larger revenue stream, while the aging architecture of the Internet lets criminals attack with ease and escape with impunity. The unstable combination of rising temptation and growing opportunity on the Internet demands more attention than it usually gets from research groups such as the Internet2 consortium. As industry movers gather in Las Vegas for this weeks N+I event, wed like to enlist their help in urging these researchers to focus more intently on security as well as speed.
Internet2 (www.internet2.edu) is a university consortium with about 180 member institutions that collaborate in developing network applications and technology. Proponents of Internet2 proclaim its potential for enabling applications such as "digital libraries, virtual laboratories, distance-independent learning and tele-immersion." All of these depend on substantially greater bandwidth, with much better quality-of-service guarantees, than the Internet now offers. Network performance is likewise the most visible priority of the federal Next Generation Internet initiative (www.ngi.gov).