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FCC to examine voluntary cybersecurity certification




FCC to examine voluntary cybersecurity certification
FCC to examine voluntary cybersecurity certification



http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/97231-fcc-to-examine-voluntary-cybersecurity-certification 

By Tony Romm  
The Hill
05/11/10

The FCC on Tuesday began the process of establishing a voluntary 
cybersecurity certification program for Internet and other communication 
providers.

The commission announced its plans in this morning's Federal Register, 
noting it would solicit comments on its tentative cybersecurity ideas 
until Sept. 8. The voluntary certification program was first proposed as 
part of the agency's National Broadband Plan, the comprehensive agenda 
the FCC released in March.

Chiefly motivating the FCC's new cybersecurity certification program are 
reports that hacks and cyberattacks grew exponentially in 2009. One firm 
told the commission that the total number of malware samples archived in 
its database last year reached 40 million -- its highest point in 20 
years.

At the same time, however, the FCC noted an independent review that 
found 47 percent of all enterprises studied in 2009 actually reduced 
their information-security budgets.

"The security of the core communications infrastructure--the plumbing of 
cyberspace--is believed to be robust," the FCC noted in the register. 
"Yet recent trends suggest that the networks and the platforms on which 
Internet users rely are becoming increasingly susceptible to operator 
error and malicious cyber attack.

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