Cybersecurity

cyber security

The communications industry presents a truly irresistible target to cybercriminals. This is because telecom not only serves as the foundation for all other critical infrastructure, it also carries personal and sensitive data for individuals, businesses and government. By carrying out a cyberattack on a telecommunications operator, a hacker can cause massive phone and internet outages, crippling business and disrupting everyday life in a multitude of ways. As the internet and mobile devices proliferate across the globe, the cyber landscape grows ever more complicated, with increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks that are capable of profound and even life-threatening damage.

Telecom equipment manufacturers must defend against external attacks involving supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) security pertaining to industrial control systems, and telecom equipment security. Device security vulnerabilities are growing, and denial-of-service attacks are a major threat. “Always-on” services and the IoT complicate cybersecurity for telecom companies, especially those providing cloud-based and online services.

To combat this threat, industry and government must work together to share information and minimize risk. Trust in our networks depends on a strong and adaptable cyber ecosystem. TIA works to secure trust in networks by advocating public policy positions on the security of information and communications technology (ICT) equipment and services related to critical infrastructure, supply chain and information sharing. To boost cybersecurity, TIA supports public-private partnerships, industry-led best practices through it's Technology Programs focused on assurance and global standards.

TIA also supports U.S. government information-sharing initiatives to provide the industry with the threat information to safeguard networks and participates in multi-stakeholder groups such as the Sector Coordinating Councils within the Department of Homeland Security, which serve as the sector's voice and facilitates the government's collaboration with the sector for critical infrastructure security and resilience activities. Cybersecurity funding for federal research efforts is also critical. TIA helps shape government decisions, for example, with filings on NIST cybersecurity frameworks, and new cyber legislation such as the CLOUD Act.

Multi-association Letter on Controls for Foundational Technologies in the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (ECRA)

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Multi-coalition CLOUD Act Letter to Attorney General Barr

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Multi-association Letter to White House on IoT Cybersecurity

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TIA Appointed to Administration’s ICT Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force Executive Committee

Arlington, VA (November 15, 2018) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today issued the following statement upon the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announcement of industry executive committee members appointed to the Information and Communications Technology Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force. TIA…

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TIA Comments on Draft NISTIR 8228 “Considerations on Managing IoT Cybersecurity and Privacy Risks”

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TIA Letter Seeking Veto on CA AB 1906 SB 327

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TIA Comments on Draft Botnet Reduction Report

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TIA Applauds Creation of National Risk Management Center to Foster Collaboration Across Industry Sectors

Arlington, VA (July 31, 2018) –– In response to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s announcement of the creation of a National Risk Management Center today, that will provide coordination across industry sectors and the federal government to ensure the breadth of expertise needed to address the challenge of securing our nation's infrastructure, the Telecommunications Industry…

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TIA Endorses FCC Action on National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 1, 2018 – The FCC should ban the use of federal subsidies for products from suppliers deemed to pose a national security risk, including Huawei, and ZTE, said the Telecommunications Industry Association, the largest trade association for the manufacturers and suppliers of information and communications technology (ICT) products and services. In comments…

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Every Cloud Has a Cybersecurity Lining

What are the key security challenges facing enterprise networks as we move through the cloud/SDN transition phase? Will multiple vendors in a cloud infrastructure create bigger security challenges? Siobhan Moran and Brett Young, Principal Consultants at Leidos Cyber, join TIA NOW to discuss the challenges network developers face in securing the data center.

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Extreme Makeover: Network Edition

What does it take to redefine a network as part of an overall digital transformation? Gee Rittenhouse, Senior VP of Engineering for Cisco’s Security Business Group, and Amol Phadke, Managing Director of Global Network Strategy at Accenture, join TIA NOW with insights.

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Cybersecurity: Creating New Vulnerabilities

Kevin Koppenhaver, Senior Program Director at Belcan, spoke from the TIA Connectivity Jam in Dallas, TX about cybersecurity in avionics and automotive. Koppenhaver stressed the issue of vulnerabilities that are created when adding nodes to devices, and whether industry is reviewing the process of adding network nodes.

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