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Cybersecurity

USTelecom supports efforts to improve cybersecurity and encourages greater awareness and outreach through cooperation and information sharing.

Status

Today’s cyber ecosystem is a highly complex and dynamic universe consisting of a global set of diverse stakeholders. As the Internet becomes more widely available across the globe, cyberattacks have become more sophisticated and consequential, heightening the need for industry and government to work cooperatively to share information and establish effective risk management approaches. Developing and promoting effective prevention, response and recovery capabilities, working in partnership with all stakeholders in the internet ecosystem, is a top priority for our members.

USTelecom Role

USTelecom plays a leading role in organizing sector advocacy with members, other trade associations and various government partnership councils and committees. We regularly convene high-level policy discussions with top officials in the White House, executive and legislative arena and critical infrastructure industries through the National Cybersecurity Policy Forum series.

We work closely with numerous government and industry stakeholders in a broad variety of cyber infrastructure resilience initiatives. Our partnerships within DHS’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) and the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection are designed to promote greater coordination and collaboration across critical infrastructure sectors and increase education and awareness efforts related to cybersecurity threats, information sharing, and incident response. USTelecom also works with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the Department of Commerce, and is an active participant in the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) which develops best practices through collaborative and voluntary efforts with cybersecurity and technology professionals.

Fact Sheet on Cybersecurity Executive Order

The White House has issued a Cybersecurity Executive Order as a new tool to help secure the nation and its economy from cyberattacks in this global era. We have developed a fact sheet to help explain the Executive Order that can be viewed here.

National Cybersecurity Policy Initiatives

White House Executive Orders and Presidential Directives
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Commerce

Resources

  • 2017 New York State Cybersecurity Conference: Cybersecurity Policy Overview here.
  • Fact sheet on the Cybersecurity Executive Order can be viewed here
  • Available on-demand:  High-level policy discussions with top officials in the White House, executive and legislative arena and critical infrastructure industries through the National Cybersecurity Policy Forum series.