Friday, June 13, 2014

The FCC Works to Improve CyberSecurity

The FCC (in all its glory…) wants to put forth even more regulations this year - this time it’s because they need network providers to take the recommendations for improving cybersecurity they had made back in 2011. This included domain name security, Internet route hijacking measures and an anti-botnet code of conduct, according to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. They’ll be checking in with several Internet companies to verify whether these recommendations have been implemented, and if so, whether or not they have been effective.

“The FCC will push operators of U.S. communications networks to adopt cybersecurity best practices developed by the FCC’s advisory committee, the Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council [CSRIC],” Wheeler said. “The FCC will take steps to encourage cybersecurity in the coming months, acting first as a promoter of company-led initiatives instead of a regulator, in keeping with its congressionally defined mission to promote the national defense and public safety.” He then added, “But if that doesn’t lead to improvements, the agency is prepared to act. The challenge is that this private sector-led effort must be more dynamic than traditional regulation and more measurably effective than blindly trusting the market or voluntary best practices to defend our country.”

Not only will the FCC continue to promote the CSRIC recommendations, but they are also looking into ways to enable ‘cyberthreat sharing among communications companies’ and how to work with more private companies, universities and the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). A new private-sector focus on cybersecurity “can’t be happy talk about good ideas—it has to work in the real world,” Wheeler said. “We need market accountability on cybersecurity that doesn’t exist today.”

For more details on the speech Wheeler gave at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, you can check out the commission document on the FCC website.