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Cybersecurity Standards Dodged by U.S. FCC Panel

A U.S. advisory panel failed to reach consensus on recommendations to telecommunications companies and Internet providers on how to bolster their computer systems against cyber attack.

The practices examined by the Federal Communications Commission panel ranged from recommending companies take inventories of acceptable devices and software to urging that they use automated tools to continually scan computers and networks for malicious software.

The list, described in a report dated March 6 posted on the FCC’s website, was developed in a private-public partnership between the National Security Agency and security experts from the Center for Internet Security and the SANS Institute. The panel included representatives from US Telecom, a trade group, and its members AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and CenturyLink Inc. Other companies represented included Microsoft Corp., Comcast Corp. and Cox Communications Inc.

The report was released after an executive order on cybersecurity issued by President Barack Obama in February, ordering a framework for cybersecurity to be developed for critical industry sectors.

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