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"The Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division (CCR) administers the Commission's cyber security policy, communications reliability information collection requirements (e.g., network outage reports) and performs analyses and studies concerning public safety, homeland security, national security, disaster management, and related issues. The division keeps itself fully informed of technological and industry developments that may implicate public safety, homeland security, disaster management, and related issues. CCR coordinates with other Bureaus and Offices within the Commission on these issues. During emergencies or other incidents, CCR supports OEM and coordinates with other Bureaus and Offices in administering the Commission's information collection requirements and preparing any associated reports. CCR also works with communications providers to protect critical communications infrastructure from cyber attacks."



See also FCC's FACA Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council

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Derived From: NIST Guidelines on Cell Phone and PDA Security, Special Pub. 800-124 Oct. 2008

Cell phones and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) have become indispensable tools for today's highly mobile workforce. Small and relatively inexpensive, these devices can be used not only for voice calls, simple text messages, and Personal Information Management (PIM) (e.g., phonebook, calendar, and notepad), but also for many functions done at a desktop computer. The latter includes sending and receiving electronic mail, browsing the Web, storing and modifying documents, delivering presentations, and remotely accessing data. Mobile handheld devices may also have specialized built-in hardware, such as a camera, a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, and reduced-size removable-media card slots, and employ a range of wireless interfaces, including infrared, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi), Bluetooth, and one or more types of cellular interfaces.

While these devices provide productivity benefits, they also pose new risks to an organization, including the following.

To date, incidents from malware and other identified dangers that have occurred against handheld devices have been limited when compared with those against desktop and networked computers. One factor is that no single operating system dominates handheld devices to the same extent, fragmenting the number of potential homogeneous targets. Cellular network carriers have also favored a closed system approach in which they exerted control over devices and applications, as well as their networks. Nevertheless, an increasing amount of mobile malware has been reported over the past several years, which raises concerns for the future, particularly when coupled with the recent trend towards establishing a more open system environment for cellular handheld devices. Such an open environment would not only facilitate application development and allow flexibility in choosing devices and applications from other sources, but it would also expedite malware development and potentially provide more attractive avenues of attack to exploit.

See also Can Spam Act: Wireless Spam

Derived From: Security Tip (ST06-007), Defending Cell Phones and PDAs Against Attack, US CERT Aug. 9, 2006

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REORGANIZATION OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU.   To promote a more effective organizational structure and to enhance the agency's capabilities to address critical communications issues for the nation's first responders. Action by:  the Commission. Adopted:  02/07/2011 by ORDER. (FCC No. 11-18).  OMD PDF WORD TXT: To promote a more effective organizational structure and to enhance the agency's capabilities to address critical communications issues for the nation's first responders, the Commission has concluded that the proper dispatch of its business and the public interest will be served by reorganizing the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau or PSHSB). This reorganization will convert the Emergency Response and Interoperability Center (ERIC) into a division-level office within the Bureau and will rename the Bureau's current Policy Division, Communications Systems Analysis Division, and Public Communications Outreach and Operations Division to, respectively, the Policy and Licensing Division, the Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division, and the Operations and Emergency Management Division.


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