Xerox Corp. announced in November that it would reduce its North American workforce by more than 2,400 employees over the next three months. The Stamford, Conn.-based firm said in a statement that reductions outside of North America might follow, and that the hatchet job is necessary to continue to generate “momentum in this uncertain economy,” according to Anne Mulcahy, Xerox’s CEO. In other layoff news, Brocade Communications Systems Inc., the San Jose, Calif.-based storage device manufacturer, in November announced plans to cull approximately 140 from the employee roster. The company said in a financial statement that the move, combined with other changes, would result in savings upward of US$8 million in Q1 2003.
Privacy before protection: Radwanski
The government’s proposed “lawful access” amendments could mark an “unjustifiable deterioration of privacy rights,” says the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. In a letter, George Radwanski blasts the proposal, which would give police greater access to Internet users’ information. He calls on the government to provide evidence that such scrutiny would make Canada safe – a detail missing from the feds’ paper concerning the topic published earlier this year. The government plans to ratify a European Convention concerning cyber-crime and require changes to the Criminal Code and other documents before doing so (See Network World Canada, Nov. 29, p. 24.) Parties interested in this debate should submit comments before the cut-off date, Dec. 16. For more information, see www.canada.justice.gc.ca/en/cons/la_al. The full text of Radwanski’s missive can be found at www.privcom.gc.ca.
Firewalls take after fireworks
Low-cost Internet bandwidth is the key market driver behind booming security software sales, according to Infonetics Research Inc. The San Jose-based research firm in November noted that international IDS revenue hit US$94 million during 2002’s second quarter. Infonetics expects sales to climb to US$135 million by the same time next year and predicts that worldwide annual revenue will hit US$4.9 billion by 2005. Infonetics says low-cost bandwidth, which allows users to migrate from centralized connectivity to a more distributed model, boosts VPN and firewall sales. The firm also says routers with integrated security features are increasingly popular. For more details about the company’s findings, visit www.infonetics.com.