FCC workshop will address critical cybersecurity threats

The Federal Communications Commission will hold a workshop Nov. 5 to discuss the most critical cyber threats to the communications grid.

The National Broadband Plan tasked the FCC with developing a Cybersecurity Roadmap that identifies and addresses the five most cyber critical threats to the communications infrastructure and its users. Participants in the workshop will provide input on what should be included in the roadmap and how those threats can be mitigated.

Securing critical private sector infrastructure such as communications networks and financial institutions from online attacks has been a priority for the Obama administration, which asserts it has the authority under current law to step in and protect private networks in the event of a cyber emergency that threatens national security.

The issue has also stalled comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been unable to settle a dispute over which federal agency should have authority to impose security standards on private sector networks.

The commission's workshop is open to the public, but seating is limited and the deadline to register is Nov. 3. Those interested can register on the FCC's website. The event will also be broadcast live over the Web.