FCC Announces Plans to Re-Establish CSRIC with Focus on 5G Security
Friday, April 16, 2021 | Comments

The FCC announced its intent to re-establish the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) on or before June 30.

This will be the FCC’s eighth charter of CSRIC. The commission intends to re-establish CSRIC VIII for a period of 2 years, with an expected first meeting in September 2021. The FCC is also seeking nominations for membership and a chairperson for the council.

CSRIC VIII will provide advice and recommendations to the commission to improve the security, reliability and interoperability of the nation’s communications systems. Among other issues, Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel will ask CSRIC VIII to identify 5G security as a primary focus. In addition, following security breaches that have impacted the communications sector, she will ask CSRIC VIII to review risks to service provider operations from attacks in software and cloud services stacks and to develop mitigation strategies.

Finally, in seeking nominations for CSRIC VIII, Rosenworcel will seek to diversify the group's membership to include a broad variety of stakeholders, including representation from the FCC's federal government partners with similar interests.

“I am committed to working with our federal partners and the private sector to increase the security and resiliency of our nation’s communications networks,” said Rosenworcel. “That is why I am refocusing and revitalizing the FCC’s Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council for the challenges of today and tomorrow. The damage from recent supply chain attacks, like the SolarWinds software breach, demonstrates our need for a coordinated, multifaceted and strategic approach to protecting our networks from all threats.”

Nominations for membership must be submitted to the FCC no later than June 1. Procedures for submitting nominations are set forth below.

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