FCC to Use Industry Experts to Enhance Network Security
Network security is a serious problem for many small businesses. While many companies such as Trend Micro offer excellent services to help keep SMEs safe, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) feels that more should be done. The FCC has recently voiced a few suggestions to enhance network security by forcing new requirements on ISPs and other network providers.
FCC Renews Commitment to Fighting Network Threats
The FCC has voiced concerns about network security over the last few years. The agency stalled with its efforts for a few years, but has recently renewed its push to reform network security threats.
Last month, the FCC joined the Global Privacy Enforcement Network with over four dozen communications regulators across the globe. Travis LeBlanc, the head of the FCC Enforcement Bureau, said that this was a necessary step to protect network security. Many of the network attacks that affect small businesses occur off of American soil, so it is important collaborate with foreign officials to ensure consumer protections are effective.
The commission has stated that its regulations have historically been highly effective for protecting customers. The FCC claims that its policies against sharing customer data and requiring stringent security protocols have deterred many hackers from exploiting Americans.
However, the FCC still feels that the number of cyber attacks remains unacceptably high. The agency recently stated that it wants to focus on curtailing regulations and working towards a more collaborative approach to deal with these problems.Â The industry will rely more heavily on private providers rather than burdensome regulations.
FCC Outlines Free Market Approach
Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the FCC, said that the organization recognizes the numerous contributions from security contractors. He said that the new FCC network security model will rely more heavily on them. In his speech to the American Enterprise Institute, the FCC will use the free market as the first line of defense and only resort to new regulatory initiatives if their efforts fail.
Wheeler also stated that the rapid changes in the industry have made policing it increasingly difficult. Since the FCC struggles to adapt regulations to the evolving industry, it feels that safeguards should be instituted by the experts behind the technological revolution.
The worldâ€™s leading technology companies are clearly up to the challenge. They have developed a number of innovative virus protection and network security solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.Â These products have proven to be highly effective and developers are going to continue adapting them to address the evolving security threats that businesses face.