Subsentio's Steve Bock to Talk CALEA at ITEXPO

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Subsentio's Steve Bock to Talk CALEA at ITEXPO

August 05, 2014

Not so long ago, word emerged about how law enforcement was having a particularly difficult time adjusting to the modern communications environment. With new technology for communications arriving regularly, and the laws better suited to the older technology, conflicts can arise. But one law designed to help on this front is the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), and this law will get a special look thanks to Subsentio's president, Steve Bock, at the upcoming ITEXPO event.

While ITEXPO will be running August 11 – 14 at the Rio in Las Vegas, Bocks' presentation—titled “Wiretapping Up Close and Personal”—will offer a particular look at CALEA and its impact. But it won't just be a simple lecture topic; reports suggest that the presentation will include a real surveillance scenario focused on an attempted gangland murder that was not only tracked but successfully stopped thanks to a service provider's assistance.

Beyond that, Bock will also offer up a “Risk Assessment” study to help audience members figure out any issues said members might have with CALEA, and what the risk might be as far as fines or the like go under same. Audience members will even be able to generate an action plan to address those issues, which might ultimately result in fines as high as $10,000 per day for non-compliance. Whether it's direct non-compliance or a matter of an insufficiently capable technology solution, audience members will be able to find out that current status and potential risk from there.

Indeed, Perkins Cole partner Albert Gidari Jr. described the matter by saying “I do think that more and more they’ll (the government) see less and less. But it’s their own fault. No one now believes they were ever going dark. It’s just that they had the lights off so you couldn’t see what they were collecting.” Gidari isn't the only one concerned about wiretapping and eavesdropping issues; the Russian government recently demanded that both Apple and SAP hand over source code for a variety of products from both companies in a bid to ascertain whether or not spying was being done, and some are believing that the recent NSA affair is driving business away from the United States' cloud storage markets. But by like token, we're also seeing how wiretapping efforts and the like are saving lives, which will be demonstrated as part of Bock's presentation. It's hard to turn up one's nose completely at any initiative that can be proven to save lives, and CALEA is a part of that. Whether or not one believes in CALEA's value is immaterial; CALEA is established law, and needs to be properly addressed lest fines be faced, and no business needs the threat of fines coming down on it. Fines represent a loss of opportunity cost, a loss of resources that could be put to work to yield profit elsewhere.

This is only the start of the events that await at ITEXPO, and a variety of exhibitors will be on hand to show off new products and services in the field, as well as to provide commentary on a host of communications issues. Bock's presentation is just the tip of the iceberg, and for those who attend the event, a host of amazing events and terrific exhibitions await.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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