FCC's Wheeler: Private Sector Must Lead in Cybersecurity

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler says private industry must take the lead in coming up with cybersecurity standards and modes of sharing information with the government and each other, but he also says the commission is looking at ways to incentivize that, either with a carrot or a stick.

In a speech to the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), comprising industry execs advising the White House on reliability of telecom services for emergency and national security, Wheeler said that a cybersecurity compliance checklist is not going to cut it at the speed at which information moves.

He wants companies to take the initiative and come up with an adaptive and "dynamic" strategy and anticipates rather than reacts.

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John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.