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FCC launches inquiry to reduce cyber risks

Privacy/Cyber Risk & Data Security FCC Russia Ukraine Ukraine Invasion Federal Register

Privacy, Cyber Risk & Data Security

On February 25, the FCC adopted a Notice of Inquiry proposed by FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel that would launch an inquiry into the vulnerabilities of the internet’s global routing system, in response to the increasing risk of cyberattacks stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The adopted inquiry solicits public comments on vulnerabilities threatening the security and integrity of the Border Gateway Protocol, which is central to the global routing of internet traffic. The inquiry also intends to evaluate how these security risks could impact the transmission of data through email, e-commerce, and bank transactions to interconnected Voiceover Internet Protocol and 911 calls and how best to address any identified challenges. Comments are due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, with replies due 30 days later.