This report addresses the Administration's concerns that the concentration of telecommunications assets in telecom hotels may have implications for the security and reliability of the telecommunications infrastructure.
The NSTAC recommends that the President direct the appropriate departments and agencies to fund and undertake the following —
- Work with risk assessment organizations and service providers to conduct site-by-site critical-mission risk analyses to identify vulnerabilities that could affect NS/EP communications and operations; provide adequate funding and resources for departments and agencies to identify, mitigate, and remediate vulnerabilities that could affect individual critical-mission functions.
- Establish a mechanism to coordinate infrastructure data requests from Federal, State, and local governments to the information and communications sector.
- Work with industry to develop and implement a cross-functional threat warning system that both carriers and the Government could adopt as part of their internal threat warning and response procedures. Also, coordinate with industry to develop a process for sanitizing threat information for distribution.
- Adopt telecommunications services procurement security policy guidelines that provide incentives to companies that follow NRIC best practices, high levels of security standards, and other recognized business contingency principles.