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Digital Economy Act: ZyXEL urges UK businesses to button down ‘digital hatches’ as Digital Economy Act Shows Teeth

October 29, 2010

ZyXEL Communications UK, the world’s leading broadband access solutions provider today urged businesses across the UK to carefully consider their Internet access and security policies as the Digital Economy Act (DEA) heads towards ratification in January 2011. Failure to protect against or allow the illegal download of copyrighted content across a business’ network could result in prosecution and a fine of up to £50,000.

“Some organisations are simply unaware that illegal content is being downloaded over their network, often in the background as employees go about their day-to-day jobs.  It appears that ISPs will warn offending businesses of illegal file sharing activity taking place on their connection, but after three notifications legal action could be taken against the business.”
said, ZyXEL’s security product manager, James Harris.
ZyXEL offer this advice to businesses:
 1. Ensure that all employees are aware that illegal content download and file sharing is not permitted using the
    company’s network infrastructure. This should be a formal and published policy document of the company.
 2. Any policy document needs to extend to remote workers who log in to the corporate network
 3. Ensure that the business network infrastructure provides sufficient security.
 4. Ensure that any wireless access within the business is secure and is closed to ‘wireless surfers.’
 5. Consider logging the company’s web access, this could prove invaluable in the event of a legal challenge.
Announced last year and passed as a bill in April 2010 the Digital Economy Act passes power to Ofcom to enforce a code of practice (to be ratified in January 2011). The current proposal from Ofcom is a ‘three-strike’ system whereby if illegal download activity takes place the ISP will send the broadband subscriber written notification up to three-times. After three notifications the subscriber could have their details placed on an infringement database which could lead to prosecution by the copyright owners with fines of between £5k -£50k imposed.

“By implementing a company-wide policy of zero tolerance for illegally downloading content and auditing the network security  and upgrading where necessary an organisation should be sufficiently covered to avoid any problems.” Finished Harris.
Are you a Reseller?
This legislation could have serious implications for your customers. To help, ZyXEL has put together a reseller guide with tips on how the Digital Economy Act could affect your customers and how you can help protect them. Download here.

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