How the Public Safety Bureau
Paper Gets Cybersecurity Wrong

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on January 25, 2017 at 2:36 pm

By Chris Boyer, AT&T Assistant Vice President of Global Public Policy 

Last week, the FCC’s Public Safety Bureau issued a white paper on “Cybersecurity Risk Reduction” that raised several issues around the role of Internet service providers (ISPs) in cybersecurity.  While there are too many flaws in the paper to mention them all here, two themes are particularly problematic. First is the assumption that ISPs, like AT&T, don’t have the proper incentives to protect our network and customers from cyberattacks, and that there is some sort of unsubstantiated market failure that needs to be addressed.  Second is the notion that the FCC is in a position to regulate this fast-changing area.

The Bureau makes bald assertions but doesn’t provide any evidence that there are a lack of incentives for carriers to protect their networks from cyberattacks.  Instead it relies on already-debunked assumptions that there is inadequate competition in the broadband marketplace, and then leaps to the conclusion that ISPs therefore won’t invest in protecting their networks and customers from cyberattacks. This is not merely unsupported, it is absurd.

Cybersecurity is fundamental to what we do.  AT&T’s security experts are analyzing the traffic on our network 24/7/365 to understand and identify emerging threats.  We currently have eight global security operation centers and hold 179 security and privacy patents.  AT&T has a fleet of cybersecurity experts, and we are actively training, and re-training, employees to increase this pool of experts. 

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AT&T CEO on President Obama’s
New Cybersecurity Plan

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on February 9, 2016 at 11:24 am

The following statement may be attributed to Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO:

“We applaud the White House’s new national action plan to strengthen our country’s defenses against cybersecurity attacks that threaten our online privacy and our economy. The security of our digital economy and individual privacy requires end-to-end protection at every level and device connected to the Internet. We look forward to working with the Administration, Congress and others in the private sector to implement the most advanced cybersecurity protections and practices, and raise awareness of how individuals can best protect themselves online.”

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Protecting our Nation’s
Critical Infrastructure

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on February 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm

By Ed Amoroso, AT&T Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer

AT&T applauds the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) on the release of its Baseline Framework to Reduce Cyber Risk to Critical Infrastructure.  President Obama’s February 2013 Executive Order directed NIST to improve our nation’s critical infrastructure cybersecurity by establishing a framework to “provide a prioritized, flexible, repeatable, performance-based, and cost-effective approach, including information security measures and controls, to help owners and operators of critical infrastructure identify, assess, and  manage cyber risk.”

While we will be reviewing the details of the Cybersecurity Framework over the coming months to see how it best complements our existing cyber-risk management program, a few things are clear now.

• First, the Cybersecurity Framework builds upon existing industry security standards and spans all 16 sectors of critical infrastructure.  Effective cybersecurity presents a complex challenge requiring collaboration from across the entire Internet ecosystem.

• Second, the Cybersecurity Framework builds in the necessary flexibility for effective implementation and continued innovation.  This flexibility is vital, as it allows organizations to adapt and evolve as the threat landscape continuously shifts.

• Third, the Cybersecurity Framework shows international leadership by demonstrating that an effective partnership between government and industry is the most effective way to combat cyber-attacks.

In that spirit, today, our CEO, Randall Stephenson, is participating in a roundtable discussion at the White House with Secretary Pritzker and other industry leaders on the Cybersecurity Framework.  We look forward to continuing our work with government and industry partners to effectively protect the nation’s critical infrastructure from existing and future cybersecurity threats.

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AT&T Statement on The Cybersecurity Act of 2013

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on July 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm

U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and John Thune (R-SD) today introduced “The Cybersecurity Act of 2013.” The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations:

 

“AT&T supports S. 1353, the Cybersecurity Act of 2013, which takes a bi-partisan approach and preserves the role of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in working with the private sector on cybersecurity standards and best practices. The bill also focuses on other important issues where there is widespread agreement such as enhancing cybersecurity R&D, awareness and education.  Most importantly, the bill clarifies the importance of truly voluntary standards, developed jointly with industry and not a precursor to future regulation. 

 

“While we still believe that the most important thing government can do to enhance cybersecurity is to pass information sharing legislation, we commend Chairman Rockefeller and Senator Thune for their leadership and in reaching a compromise that we hope will end debate on how to address critical infrastructure standards and best practices and allow cybersecurity legislation to move forward.”

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AT&T Statement on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on February 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm

The following may be attributed to AT&T’s Executive Vice President of Federal Relations Tim McKone:

“Cybersecurity is a critically important issue for American consumers, businesses and the overall U.S. economy. AT&T supports the ‘Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act,’ bi-partisan legislation which provides legal certainty for the sharing of information on cyber threats as a part of an effective cyber-defense strategy. We commend Chairman Mike Rogers and Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger for their thoughtful leadership on this issue of vital concern. As the legislation progresses, we look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Rogers, the entire Committee and the Administration on this essential endeavor.”

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