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Thursday, June 23, 2005

AT&T's Security News Network

In a story on Infoworld, AT&T announced that they are developing a CNN-style security channel that will begin broadcasting via the internet sometime next year.

The article isn't big on details, but the service is still in development, so I'm sure nothing is locked in stone. Some things I'd like to see out of this (or any other similar broadcast):

  • Available free to all - it looks like this will be available only to AT&T customers. If AT&T is really worried about protecting it's customers, they should be getting the info out to everyone as soon as possible.
  • Unbiased - the channel will "feature interviews with AT&T security professionals, as well as experts from a variety of different organizations like network hardware vendors and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)". My question is, what if a competing security firm or ISP discovers something. Can we rely on AT&T to report it fairly and openly?
  • Limited Ads - I hope they don't mess the whole service up by burdening it with an overwhelming proportion of ads. Will they go to "commercial" every 5 minutes? Every 15? How much news will we actually get in say an hours worth of programming?
Here's hoping that AT&T gets it right and puts together a talented team to pull it off. If not, it looks to be a good step in the right direction. Even if they screw-the-pooch, maybe it will plant the seed for someone else to do the job.


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