Increased paranoia of communication companies post NSA revelations

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Old 09-17-2013
Increased paranoia of communication companies post NSA revelations

Hi all,

I work in the communications field and often have to carry out data gathering/analysis on customer's platforms for issue diagnosis.

In the last 2 months I have noticed a huge increase in distrust from African, Middle Eastern and Asian communication system operators of any data gathering/analysis of production data (even where everything remains on site).

I suspect that the NSA revelations of late may be having a knock on effect and was wondering if anyone else is finding customers tightening procedures around remote access of late?
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