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CSRIC Membership Nomination Extension

by Jeffery Goldthorp, Associate Bureau Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
April 27, 2011 - 10:37 AM

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about membership on the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC).  So, we decided to extend the deadline to give everyone time to respond.  THE NEW DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS MAY 13, 2011.  The Public Notice extending the date is available on our website at

We’d like to have a broad range of interests and expertise represented on the CSRIC.  Here are the types of organizations we described in the PN. 

  • Federal, state, tribal, and local; State, tribal, and/or local government agencies and organizations with expertise in homeland security and communications issues;
  • Communications service providers and organizations representing communications service providers;
  • Online retailers, online technology service providers, Internet security companies, and other providers of online services;
  • Entities representing users of communications systems in  business, finance, energy, education, and health care sectors and;
  • Consumer or community organizations, such as those representing people with disabilities, the elderly, those living in rural areas, and those representing populations that speak, as their primary language, languages other than English.

As a refresher - the CSRIC is a Federal Advisory Committee that will provide recommendations to the Commission on topics such as best practices to promote reliable 9-1-1, E9-1-1, and Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) service; best practices to make communications networks, more secure, resilient, and defendable from Internet-based attacks; promoting the development of a broadband-based, next generation alerting system o distribute emergency alerts and warnings to the public, among others.

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Cybersecurity Certification Blog Post

August 6, 2010 - 02:32 PM


Being a Chief Security Officer is not easy.  Viewed by many in the business world as gloomy purveyors of doom and spoilers of fun and profit, CSOs are responsible for making sure that an enterprise’s information systems are secure and reliable. Under the best of circumstances, they occupy a lonely perch lacking in the glow that revenue and profit accountability attract. Security is a cost center - the bane of corporate existence. As such, it is under relentless pressure to reduce costs so that more sunlight can fall on the profit centers. This is true of virtually all sectors of the economy, including communications.

The Internet Security Alliance recently testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that nearly half of all enterprises in 2009 reported that they are reducing budgets for information security initiatives. Hence, despite the wide range of generally accepted best practices and standards on cybersecurity that exist, the FCC is concerned about the extent to which these practices are applied to create a culture of cybersecurity among communications service providers. We are also concerned that consumers of communications remain in the dark about the cybersecurity practices of their communications providers.

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