FCC Asks for Public's Recommendations in Creating Cyber Roadmap

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Federal Communications Commission on Monday released a Public Notice, asking members of the public for help to create a cybersecurity roadmap to identify vulnerabilities to communications networks, and to develop countermeasures and solutions in preparation for and response to cyber threats and attacks.

The Cybersecurity Roadmap was recommended as an initial step forward in cybersecurity as part of the commission's National Broadband Plan. The NBP recommended the FCC issue a plan to identify the five most critical cybersecurity threats to the communications infrastructure and its end users and establish a two-year plan for the commission to address these threats.

The roadmap will detail ways to address vulnerabilities to core Internet protocols and technologies and threats to consumers, businesses, public safety and all levels of government. Originally, the completion of the Cybersecurity Roadmap was to happen before Sept. 13, 2010. However, to ensure enough time for the public to submit its recommendations, FCC anticipates to have the roadmap ready by November this year.

Those wishing to participate should provide their insight and recommendations on issues such as: What are the most pressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities for communications networks or users? How can these vulnerabilities be addressed? What role should FCC play in addressing them? How should FCC remedy them? If the FCC does not play a role in addressing these vulnerabilities and problems, what agency or entity would have that responsibility? How should the commission coordinate its efforts with other agencies of government?

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