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Action Center: Cybersecurity

Resources To Combat Cyber Security Threats

The relentless pace of cyberattacks demands unprecedented industry and government collaboration to establish effective cyber risk management through shared information and best practices. USTelecom and our members work closely with government and industry to make sure the communications networks transporting information remain secure.

USTelecom: Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Uniquely Vulnerable to Cyber AttacksUSTelecom’s 2021 Cybersecurity Survey of Critical Infrastructure Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs) examines the cybersecurity risks, readiness, and realities SMBs who own, operate, or support U.S. critical infrastructure face in establishing and maintaining cybersecurity in their organizations.

This survey analyzes Critical Infrastructure SMBs whose cybersecurity programs often struggle to deliver robust and mature security protocols at levels similar to better-resourced and larger sector enterprises, leaving them vulnerable to cyberattacks. This unprecedented survey of Critical Infrastructure SMBs offers new insights into SMB cybersecurity programs and identifies opportunities to address economic, operational, and policy gaps.


This document is a supplement to The C2 Consensus on IoT Device Security Baseline Capabilities, published by theThe C2 Consensus on IoT Device Security Baseline Capabilities - 2021 Supplement Council to Secure the Digital Economy (CSDE). The C2 Baseline and this Supplement are the result of the efforts of the many organizations that came together to produce the original consensus and continue to contribute today.

In this document, the partners of the C2 Consensus update the Baseline with the results of 2020 and provide perspective on 2021. CSDE thanks the many contributors to this work as well as the legion of engineers, developers and scientists contributing to solutions to IoT security in the global digital economy.


IoT Security Policy Principles

CSDE offers this document summarizing these core IoT Security policy principles. While not the product of CSDE itself, we highlight them to show the broad agreement on key security approaches among leading organizations across the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. In consolidating these efforts, this document can serve as a resource and further highlight how industry consensus-driven efforts on baseline security capabilities for IoT Devices efforts, such as the C2, can beneficially inform the conversation. The document is not an exhaustive view of these principles, which may evolve with time, but rather serves to highlight the common themes.

There is no more direct threat to the security of sovereign nations, international businesses, and individuals, than cybercriminals.Jonathan Spalter

Convening Cyber Experts to Combat Cyber Criminals

USTelecom, along with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), launched the Council to Secure the Digital Economy (CSDE) to bring together companies from across the information technology and communications sectors to collaboratively combat increasingly sophisticated and emerging global cyber threats.

CSDE authored the 2021 Botnet and IoT Security Guide in an effort to combat the paralyzing force of botnets and distributed attacks. Read the full report to learn best practices, from “baseline” to “advanced,” all Information and Communications Technology (ICT) stakeholders can use to protect their networks against cybersecurity threats.

The Communications Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC), with its government partners, works to protect the nation’s communications critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) from harm and to ensure that the nation’s communications networks and systems are secure, resilient, and rapidly restored after a natural or manmade disaster.