On December 20, 2016, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Encryption Working Group released its Year-End Report. Although, the topic invites politics and rhetoric by its nature, and its conclusions of more “exploration” are certainly appropriate, the report also falls short in several areas.
The industry’s principal Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) standards venue wrapped up the year in the world’s powerhouse electronics capital, Shenzhen, December 12-15, hosted by Huawei Technologies. 176 participants under the leadership of newly elected plenary chair Diego Lopez of Telefónica, fielded 80 input documents. The event included multiple NFV sub-group meetings, a joint meeting with the MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) standards group, a Huawei workshop, and a special 5G session. ETSI also provided an update on the first NFV plugtests for interoperability among almost every vendor being held in Madrid for the week beginning January 23.
The advent of digital telephony has revolutionized office communications. Now, instead of a single office number and extension numbers, each office desk phone could have its own direct dial number. Now, when somebody calls you, their desk number can be displayed and you know exactly who is calling you.
Arguably the most significant cybersecurity development of 2015 was a stunner. On Friday, 18 December 2015 – with everyone leaving on the holidays – the U.S. Congress unexpectedly passed the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 and it was immediately signed by the President. It became the organic law of the United States, including far reaching amendments to the Homeland Security Act of 2002.
Wireless infrastructure networks are constantly evolving. Often mobile service providers must maintain multiple generations in order to support new and legacy services. Unfortunately we don’t see this getting any easier anytime soon with the emergence of VoLTE and 5G on the horizon.
ETSI - the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI TCLI, ETSI TC Cyber, ETSI NFV & SDN, ETSI TC ESI)
We are an independent, not-for-profit organization, widely respected for our neutrality and trustworthiness.
ETSI publishes between 2,000 and 2,500 standards every year. Since our establishment in 1988, we have produced over 30,000. These include the standards that enable key global technologies such as GSM™, 3G, 4G, DECT™, smart cards and many more standards success stories.
ITU- Telecommunication Standardization Sector (Security & Future Networks/NGN)
ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs.
We allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.
3GPP - 3rd Generation Partnership Project (GSMA Security Group, Lawful Interception 3GPP, Security & IdM, Architecture & Location)
The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is the collaboration between groups of telecommunications associations, known as the Organizational Partners. The initial scope of 3GPP was to make a globally applicable third-generation (3G) mobile phone system specification based on evolved Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) specifications within the scope of the International Mobile Telecommunications-2000 project of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The 3GPP support team (also known as the “Mobile Competence Centre”) is located at the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) headquarters in Sophia-Antipolis (France).
ISO - International Organization for Standardization (Cybersecurity & eDiscovery, Telecommunications, Cloud and SmartGrid Groups)
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards.
We are made up of our 163 member countries who are the national standards bodies around the world, with a Central Secretariat that is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Learn more about our structure and how we are governed.
IETF - The Internet Engineering Task Force (Incident Reporting-MILE, Cybersecurity-SACM, NFV security, PKIX/WPKOPS-PKI, Phone # Assurance-STIR)
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is a large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. It is open to any interested individual.
OASIS – Advancing open standard for the information society (Cloud computing IdM group, LegalXML Technical Committee, STIX, TAXI Cybersecurity)
OASIS is a nonprofit consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society.
OASIS promotes industry consensus and produces worldwide standards for security, Internet of Things, cloud computing, energy, content technologies, emergency management, and other areas. OASIS open standards offer the potential to lower cost, stimulate innovation, grow global markets, and protect the right of free choice of technology.
NSTAC - National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (Expertise on Cybersecurity/IdM, Annual Research Conference, US-CERT, Incident exchange)
Meeting our Nation’s critical national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) challenges demands attention to many issues. Among these, none could be more important than the availability and reliability of telecommunication services. The President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) mission is to provide the U.S. Government the best possible industry advice in these areas.
NIST – National Institute of Standards and Technology (Cloud Forensics)
From the smart electric power grid and electronic health records to atomic clocks, advanced nanomaterials, and computer chips, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement, and standards provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST’s mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.
GSMA – Groupe Speciale Mobile Association
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.
CCA - Competitive Carriers Association
Headquartered in Washington, DC, CCA advocates on behalf of our members’ interests and works to educate policymakers on the key issues that impact our members’ ability to compete, survive, and thrive. Currently these issues include access to spectrum, access to devices access to networks, universal service fund (USF) reform, Next-Generation 911 (NG911) solutions, among others.
Advocating before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the White House and Congress, CCA works to ensure that our members’ voices and views are heard not only by policymakers but also by the media, third parties and throughout the entire wireless industry.
WISPA – Wireless Internet Service Providers Association
WISPA is a 501.c6 advocacy organization representing its membership and other companies who are part of the industry ecosystem. The Association promotes the development, advancement and unification of the wireless Internet service provider industry.
WISPA has over 800 members consisting of wireless Internet service providers, municipal wireless internet providers, electric and telephone cooperative wireless Internet providers, equipment manufacturers, service vendors and other interested parties. These members support the industry, which delivers broadband Internet to over 3 million users via 3000+ Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that serve both residential and business customers, often in exclusively rural areas.
ISS World -Intelligence Support Systems for Lawful Interception, Electronic Surveillance and Cyber Intelligence gathering
Founded in 1980, TeleStrategies is the leading producer of telecommunications conference events in the United States. Since its launch, the firm has produced over three hundred industry events attracting over 10,000 telecommunications professionals globally.
Our programs focus exclusively on the difficult challenges facing telecommunications operators. Although the specific issues change over time, our current conference line-up covers fundamental issues such as service creation, taxation, billing output, revenue assurance, e-care, customer experience management, lawful intercept and web 2.0 strategy.
HTCIA - High Technology Crime Investigation Association
The High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) was formed to provide education and collaboration to our global members for the prevention and investigation of high tech crimes.
As such, we are an organization that aspires to help all those in the high technology field by providing extensive information, education, collective partnerships, mutual member benefits, astute board leadership and professional management.
Communications Alliance Australia
Communications Alliance is the primary telecommunications industry body in Australia. Through a range of successful programs, events and initiatives, Communications Alliance has a leadership role in facilitating industry-based solutions to sectoral issues and is taking steps to bring to fruition the broadband and digital era, including leading the industry’s involvement in the National Broadband Network implementation.
ITSPA – Internet Telephony Services Providers’ Association
We are ITSPA – the Internet Telephony Services Providers’ Association – the voice of the next generation communications industry. We are a UK membership-led organisation that represents companies who offer business and residential customers voice services (VoIP) over data networks as well as other “over the top” applications including instant messaging and video. The membership is a mixture of network operators, service providers, resellers, suppliers and consultants involved in this increasingly divergent industry.
ISPA - The Internet Services Providers’ Association
The Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA) is the UK’s Trade Association for providers of internet services. ISPA brings together the UK internet industry to provide essential support through innovation, knowledge and experience in order to benefit the UK economy and society. Promoting collaboration and constructive dialogue between its members and the wider internet community, ISPA is an all important driving force for the industry.