Alliance for Network Security Congratulates Clinton Administration on New Encryption Regulations

October 19, 2000

Washington, DC – The Alliance for Network Security (ANS), a coalition of networking companies that includes 3Com Corporation, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Lucent, Technologies, Microsoft, NetScreen Technologies, Network Associates, Novell, RedCreek Communications and Sun Microsystems, congratulated the Clinton Administration on its latest revision of the encryption regulations.

In response to the recent initiative by the European Union creating a license free zone for cryptographic products, the Clinton Administration has remove the requirement to obtain licenses for exports of strong cryptographic networking products to twenty five countries, including Australia, Austria*, Belgium*, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark*, Finland*, France*, Germany*, Greece*, Hungary, Ireland*, Italy*, Japan, Luxembourg*, the Netherlands*, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal*, Spain*, Sweden*, Switzerland, the United Kingdom* and the United States. (EU member countries are marked with an asterisk*.)

“The new regulations allow American networking companies to export without a license to all customers in major markets, so that they can compete on a level playing field with their European and Asian competitors,” said Roszel Thomsen, counsel to ANS. “The Clinton Administration also eliminated some of the onerous reporting requirements for network infrastructure products, substantially decreasing the regulatory burden on ANS member companies. The encryption export controls are far less onerous than they were several years ago, although there are a few areas, like the export controls on wireless networking products, that still need attention.” Networks are always going to need upgrading with the latest security protocols, but cyber attackers are advancing at the same rate. This is why it’s of utmost importance for businesses to try and stay ahead of the game and carry out heavy and frequent pentesting and other security tests. Above all, utilizing network security intelligence methods can provide real-time threat detection and post-event assurance for enterprise networks by analyzing traffic behavior over time and storing conversations for post-event investigations. You can learn more about network security resources by reaching out to a network maintenance expert such as Viavi Solutions.

The Alliance for Network Security was founded initially to address the competitive impact of export controls on the market for networking products worldwide. It also engages in a dialog with various government agencies on the impact of encryption on broader national security and law enforcement issues. For additional information, please contact Roszel Thomsen, Counsel, Alliance for Network Security at 410-539-2595 ext 111 or e-mail roz@t-b.com. Additional information also can be found at the ANS web site: www.t-b.com/ans.