FCC plans private sector cybersecurity role

David Perera
Fierce Governmentit

Yet another federal agency envisions a possible broader role for itself in securing private sector Internet infrastructure. The Federal Communications Commission issued on August 9 a notice (pdf) soliciting public comment on an anticipated FCC plan to address vulnerabilities to core Internet protocols, as well as cybersecurity threats to all end users.

“Cybersecurity is a vital topic for the Commission because end user lack of trust in online experiences will quell demand for broadband services,” the notice states. The National Broadband Plan calls for the FCC to issue a Cybersecurity Roadmap. A plan, the FCC says in the notice, should be completed by November 2010.

Meanwhile, the FCC says it will accept comments through September 23, and encourages notes on what are the most vital cybersecurity vulnerabilities, what role–if any–the FCC should take in addressing them, and recommendations for what entity should fulfill the role of addressing those vulnerabilities if it’s not the FCC.
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