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Date: 05.11.2017
Background: Today, the White House issued an Executive Order, “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure,” which outlines steps for improving the nation’s cybersecurity. The following statement is from USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “Securing America’s communications...
Date: 04.12.2016
For businesses of all sizes, security threats carry a high cost, from financial losses to compromised intellectual property to disrupted productivity. While companies plan to invest more in cybersecurity protections over the next year, there are simple steps businesses and their employees can take to prevent threats. These tips are the focus of...
Date: 02.23.2016
Leading social media and online search companies historically have expressed reluctance to answer the call of the U.S. government to engage in anti-terrorism efforts, as Politico reports. Concerns regarding censorship, disrupting First Amendment rights and free speech remain key considerations for these platforms designed to support open discourse...
Date: 04.02.2015
In the ongoing war on terror, Iraqi forces were recently able to recapture Tikrit from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). But ISIL is also fighting on another front — taking the war online by propagating violent extremist messaging through social media channels. To combat this onslaught, POLITICO reports that the White House...
Date: 03.19.2015
The previous release of information from National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed details of U.S. intelligence programs underway, and in doing so, increased Americans’ awareness about government surveillance tactics, which officials say are performed in the interest of national security. After nearly two years since...
Date: 03.09.2015
Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) told a USTelecom Cybersecurity Policy Forum he was hopeful Congress can move forward with cybersecurity legislation to facilitate information sharing. “I think we can do this,” Johnson said, adding that witnesses at a Jan. 28 committee hearing were “not that far apart...
Date: 02.12.2015
This week, Twitter released its bi-annual transparency report, which details information requests worldwide as social network platforms continue to contend with protecting free speech in the face of political, security and other governmental challenges. According to The New York Times, the report shows a 40 percent increase in government data...
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One of the many benefits of becoming a USTelecom member is access to our CEO Memos. These publications range in subject matter and cover breaking policy news and critical industry updates. Although the topic and presentation differ widely, the core value these publications provide our membership base is consistent. These documents offer an...
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In addition to the Board of Directors and Leadership Committee, USTelecom committees work to guide the association's strategic advocacy. These committees provide an opportunity for USTelecom members to use their specialized expertise to evaluate proposed legislation and regulations that may have a significant impact on the operations of member...