Red Lambda Helps Universities Mitigate Illegal File-Sharing Issues as Mandatory Compliance Approaches

Provisions of Higher Education Opportunity Act Take Effect July 1

ORLANDO, Fla.--()--Red Lambda, Inc. (www.redlambda.com), an identity-aware network solutions provider, announced today it is spearheading an initiative to help college campuses reduce the amount of illegal file sharing as the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) is set to take effect July 1. The law marks the first time the U.S. Department of Education will enforce illegal file sharing restrictions of any kind.

Among the provisions of the Act, universities must now employ one or more technology-based deterrents to file sharing. Red Lambda’s Integrity™ software is one of only two Peer-to-Peer (P2P) deterrent technologies endorsed by the U.S. Congress and the only solution that identifies users and not the nature of the content they are downloading.

“It serves very little purpose to identify the type or name of files being transferred,” said Rob Bird, President of Red Lambda, who himself monitored and enforced network use polices at the University of Florida. “Instead, we developed a number of technologies that integrate with the existing network to accurately identify, then notify, the user. Accurately identifying the user facilitates behavior change more quickly, and removes students and administration from the potentially embarrassing situations that occur when file names are revealed.”

The identity-awareness technology developed by Red Lambda monitors network traffic and correlates the “who, where, when, what and how” of the network in real-time to prevent Internet abuse throughout the organization.

July 1 Represents Turning-Point

Enacted almost two years ago, the HEOA required that all colleges and universities make a “good faith” effort to comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) by working to reduce illegal music and movie file sharing in higher education. On Thursday, voluntary compliance is no longer an option. Universities not in compliance will now be in violation of the law.

“The battle against unauthorized P2P file sharing is costing institutions millions of dollars,” Bird said. “This legislation will have a wide-ranging impact on universities across the country. Red Lambda is working to help schools make this transition, and Integrity is the only P2P deterrent solution that provides fully automated notification and DMCA compliance, eliminating the human cost tied to combating the problem.”

Integrity’s ability to automatically notify violators in near real-time and, if necessary, enforce punitive measures such as restriction of network access, has lowered repeat offender rates to less than one percent. Integrity controls file-sharing abuse while respecting an organization’s privacy and culture.

As part of its overarching leadership initiative, Red Lambda will exhibit (Booth No. 35) and sponsor several events at the upcoming “Black Hat® Technical Security Conference: USA 2010” July 24-29 in Las Vegas, Nev. The company is a Silver Sponsor of the conference – along with IBM, HP and others – and also a sponsor of the Speakers’ Party slated for July 27.

About Red Lambda, Inc.

Red Lambda, Inc., is a technology leader in identity-based network security that delivers innovative and effective security products based on cloud computing. Red Lambda’s Integrity™ has been globally recognized as a “First in World” traffic management solution for eliminating intrusions, file sharing, botnets, and worms. Making network security more valuable, accessible, and intuitive, Red Lambda eliminates the constraints of scale and identity that currently blind the industry.

Recognized for making network security/management more efficient and significantly improving performance and scalability, Red Lambda continues to surpass industry milestones. In August of 2008, a Joint House and Senate Committee supported Red Lambda's Integrity solution to fight music and movie piracy on university networks in compliance with HEOA regulations for the July 1, 2010, deadline enforcement.

For more information about Integrity, visit www.redlambda.com.

Contacts

Media Contact: Dan Green
Tech Image (for Red Lambda)
(847) 279-0022, x239
dan.green@techimage.com

Release Summary

The provisions of the Health Education Opportunity Act kick in on July 1, and Red Lambda is helping universities comply with illegal P2P file-sharing issues.

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Contacts

Media Contact: Dan Green
Tech Image (for Red Lambda)
(847) 279-0022, x239
dan.green@techimage.com