Broadband: Are You Exposed?

By Judi Clark
NetAction Advisory Board Member

Broadband offers the promise and convenience of blazing speed and a continuous ("always-on") connection to millions of home computers. This connection is not unnoticed by opportunistic and malicious forces. By the very nature of your DSL (Digital Subscriber Lines) or cable Internet connection, you are vulnerable to increased risk for security problems. You can take steps to decrease your risk. This report shows you how.

Cable modem users number over two million, and there are about half a million residential DSL subscribers in North America today.[1] Many large and small media companies are poised to deliver bigger, better, faster, and more extensive content that takes advantage of, or even requires, this expanded bandwidth. The marketplace for expanded and enriched goods and services is poised for explosive growth. However, consumers and network operators are increasingly aware of the perils, as well as the rewards, characteristic of this technology-based future.

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In Closing

NetAction wishes to thank Molly Glennen, James Glick, Michael Gold, and Nicole Parizeau for their assistance in preparing this report, and Phil Agre for his timely and ongoing wisdom.

About the Author

Judi Clark, a NetAction Advisory Board Member, has been riding the curl of the Internet wave for over a dozen years. During that time, she has explained, instructed, illustrated, documented, written copy, set context, and provided perspectives for a wide variety of businesses, schools, and clients.