USTelecom’s 2021 Cybersecurity Survey of Critical Infrastructure Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs) examines the cybersecurity risks, readiness, and realities SMBs who own, operate, or support U.S. critical infrastructure face in establishing and maintaining cybersecurity in their organizations.
This survey analyzes Critical Infrastructure SMBs whose cybersecurity programs often struggle to deliver robust and mature security protocols at levels similar to better-resourced and larger sector enterprises, leaving them vulnerable to cyberattacks. This unprecedented survey of Critical Infrastructure SMBs offers new insights into SMB cybersecurity programs and identifies opportunities to address economic, operational, and policy gaps.
Convening Cyber Experts to Combat Cyber Criminals
USTelecom, along with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), launched the Council to Secure the Digital Economy (CSDE) to bring together companies from across the information technology and communications sectors to collaboratively combat increasingly sophisticated and emerging global cyber threats.
CSDE’s International Botnet and IoT Security Guide is among the world’s leading initiatives to dramatically reduce destructive botnet attacks. Since 2018, CSDE has brought together communications and technology sector leadership on an annual basis to identify practices and capabilities for combating threats related to botnets, such as malware propagation, denial-of-service attacks, and the spread of corrosive disinformation. Read the 2022 CSDE International Botnet and IoT Security Guide here.
CSDE’s C2 Baseline and this Supplement is the result of the efforts of the many organizations that came together to produce the original consensus and continue to contribute today. In this document, the partners of the C2 Consensus update the Baseline with the results of 2020 and provide perspective on 2021. CSDE thanks the many contributors to this work as well as the legion of engineers, developers and scientists contributing to solutions to IoT security in the global digital economy.
CSDE offers this document summarizing these core IoT Security policy principles. While not the product of CSDE itself, we highlight them to show the broad agreement on key security approaches among leading organizations across the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. In consolidating these efforts, this document can serve as a resource and further highlight how industry consensus-driven efforts on baseline security capabilities for IoT Devices efforts, such as the C2, can beneficially inform the conversation. The document is not an exhaustive view of these principles, which may evolve with time, but rather serves to highlight the common themes.
There is no more direct threat to the security of sovereign nations, international businesses, and individuals, than cybercriminals.”Jonathan Spalter
The Communications Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC), with its government partners, works to protect the nation’s communications critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) from harm and to ensure that the nation’s communications networks and systems are secure, resilient, and rapidly restored after a natural or manmade disaster.