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Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC)

"The Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council's (CSRIC) mission is to provide recommendations to the FCC to ensure, among other things, optimal security and reliability of communications systems, including telecommunications, media, and public safety."

CSRIC replaced NRIC


Working Groups


Reliability of America's Communications Networks Docket . Comments Due 10-92 11-60 06-119;

FCC EXPLORES WAYS TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN THE RELIABILITY OF AMERICA'S COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS.   The Commission took another step to implement the recommendations in the National Broadband Plan by adopting an NOI seeking public comment on ways to further strengthen the reliability and resiliency of America's communications networks.  News Release. (Dkt No 10-92 11-60 06-119 ). Adopted:  04/07/2011. News Media Contact: Robert Kenny at 2668, email:  Robert.Kenny   PSHSB . Contact Lisa M. Fowlkes at 7452, email:  Lisa.Fowlkes  or John Healy 2448,  John.Healy

RELIABILITY AND CONTINUITY OF COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS, INCLUDING BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES.   FCC Explores ways to further strengthen the reliability of America's communications networks. (Dkt No.  10-92 11-60 06-119 ). Action by:  the Commission. Comments Due:  07/07/2011. Reply Comments Due:  09/01/2011. Adopted:  04/07/2011 by NOI. (FCC No. 11-55). PSHSB

FCC Seeks Comment On Whether Rules Concerning Disruptions To Communications Should Apply To Broadband Internet Service Providers And Interconnected Voice Over Internet Protocol Service Providers Docket . Comments Due Aug 2; Replies Due Aug 16.

"Communications services delivered to end users over broadband technologies have grown in importance and now carry some of our most vital communications. Today, every sector of our Nation's economy, including the financial market, operations of most enterprises, and all levels of government, rely on broadband and Internet Protocol (IP) for communications. Americans are increasingly relying on broadband and IP-based technologies as substitutes for, or complements to, communications services provided by older, conventional communications technologies. However, the Commission's current rules regarding reporting of disruptions to communications services are limited to voice and/or paging communications over wireline, wireless, cable and satellite communications services. The current rules do not apply to disruptions of interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or to broadband Internet services. The National Broadband Plan (NBP) recommended that the Commission initiate a proceeding to extend the Part 4 outage reporting rules to broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and to interconnected VoIP service providers. The NBP reasoned that such reports would allow the Commission, other federal agencies and, as appropriate, service providers to analyze information on outages affecting IP-based networks. The NBP also suggested that gathering this information would help prevent future outages and ensure a better response to actual outages.

"In advance of a potential Commission proceeding [this is not an NPRM], the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau ("PSHSB" or Bureau") seeks comment and information on a variety of issues related to whether, and if so how, the Commission should expand its Part 4 rules so that they also apply to interconnected VoIP service providers and broadband ISPs. The Bureau wishes to better understand the issues related to these subject areas and anticipates using the data and other information gathered in response to this Public Notice to possibly prepare a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for full Commission consideration and/or to recommend other action, as appropriate.

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FCC's Network Reliability and Interoperability Council

  • Network Reliability and Interoperability Council to Hold Meeting on December 5, 2003, FCC 11/25/2003
  • NRIC Best Practices
  • CyberSecurity Best Practices
  • Subcommittee 1.B: Cyber Security
  • Homeland Defense - Recommendations Published 14-Mar-03
    Preventative Best Practices - Recommendations Published 14-Mar-03
    Recovery Best Practices - Recommendations Published 14-Mar-03
    Best Practice Appendices - Recommendations Published 14-Mar-03
    Cybersecurity Published 14-Mar-03
    Cybersecurity Published 06-Dec-02
    Cybersecurity Published 13-Sep-02


    There are no formal deliverables due at the upcoming June 13 NRIC meeting.  For this reason, and in order to maintain energy and focus on the important outreach activities, the June meeting has been cancelled.  The NRIC will meet again on September 15, 2003 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm."

    NRIC V

    Jan 2002:  NRIC V recommended that the voluntary outage trial not be continued.

    NRIC VI Focus Group I
    Subcommitee 2
    L Scerbo Telecordia

    Y2K Interoprability Testing
    Finding #1 and Recommendation

    ISP Interoperability with Internet Backbones Networks - Gather and Analyze
    Information on Interoperability Testing Plans

    7/14/99 This "gap" was identified by the NRIC Testing subcommittee and
    reported to the President's Council on Y2K at the NSTAC meeting in June.
    The President's Council will pursue ISP interoperability with NSF and other
    agencies.  Subcommittee 2 requested to monitor results.

    10/14/99  Status:  Interoperability testing now planned between a large ISP
    and a major Internet backbone provider

    Focus Group III
    PJ Auduskevicz

    Data to be held confidential (potential FOIA exemption may be needed in
    order to facilitate participation in the voluntary trial).

    ISPs  Alert Situation Criteria:  A failure that would cause a loss of
    service to a large number of customers for 30 minutes or more.  Outage
    examples:  A DNS failure

    Focus Group III will place its proposal online for comments.  The comment
    period proposed is as follows:

    Reports posted on FCC web site                        Nov. 23
    Comment period for NRIC members               Nov. 23 - Dec. 7
    Comment period closed                         Dec. 7
    Reports revised as appropriate                        Dec. 15
    Final reports available on FCC web site         Dec. 16

    NRIC recommends assessment of the Y2K readiness of Internet Backbones. Powerpoint presentation. Slide 38.


    Best Practices

    Waking the Castle -- Cyber Security Best Practices (December, 2004)








    Internet Open To Organized Attack July 27, 2000 lasvegassun

    "Though sites will spend $40 billion this year on preventative technology, outages continue. Hurricane Floyd flooded system-recovery expert Comdisco of Rosemont, Ill., with a record 26 emergency requests for assistance recovering downed systems. The firm estimates only one-third of Net companies are prepared for such an emergency. . . "