TIA Joins CSRIC for 8th Council to Work on Network Security

It’s an honor to say I’ll be sitting as the representative for the Telecommunications Industry Association on the FCC’s Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council during such a pivotal time for our nation’s security.

I’ve followed the CSRIC for years and recognize the incredible responsibility of shaping the discussion around security for the ICT community. The Council’s recommendations on these issues always carry a lot of weight, both with industry and government, and I am honored to play the important role of bringing the views and voices of TIA’s diverse membership to this Council.

The FCC recently announced their intent to focus CSRIC on 5G network security, and TIA agrees with Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel when she underscored the importance of CSRIC as we approach the commercial roll out of 5G and other critical ICT technologies

“I am committed to working with our federal partners and the private sector to increase the security and resiliency of our nation’s communications networks,” Rosenworcel said. “That is why I am refocusing and revitalizing the FCC’s Communications, Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council for the challenges of today and tomorrow. The damage from recent supply chain attacks, like the SolarWinds software breach, demonstrates our need for a coordinated, multifaceted, and strategic approach to protecting our networks from all threats.”

This focus on 5G security couldn’t come at a better time. The increasing attacks on the world’s supply chain mean that we need to rollout 5G in a thoughtful way, ensuring a robust, diverse and trusted group of ICT vendors will be taking the lead.

Our diverse membership as the leading association for the ICT manufacturers, coupled with our history as a standards-setting organization, including current work on a processed-based ICT supply chain security standard, positions TIA well to help guide the CSRIC through these incredible challenges.

I’m excited to dive in and work with industry and government colleagues alike on these important issues representing TIA on the CSRIC over the next two years.