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Cybersecurity

NTIA’s cybersecurity multistakeholder processes, conducted in an open and transparent manner, contribute to the security of the nation’s Internet architecture. The consensus-based development of market-based cybersecurity solutions and guidance creates a foundation for increasing digital security. Recent processes include:

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NTIA Announces Supply Chain Information-Sharing Program

July 8, 2020

Today, NTIA is announcing the establishment of the Communications Supply Chain Risk Information Partnership (C-SCRIP), a program to share supply chain security risk information with trusted communications providers and suppliers. 

Small and rural communications providers and equipment suppliers are the primary focus of this program, and our goal is to improve their access to information about risks to key elements in their supply chain. NTIA will ensure that this risk information is relevant and accessible, and we will work with our government partners to enable the granting of security clearances when necessary.

The C-SCRIP program was called for in the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019, which President Trump signed into law on March 12, 2020. The Act established a Federal Communications Commission program to reimburse smaller providers for removing and replacing equipment and services that threaten national security. This information sharing program, mandated by Section 8 of the Act, was intended to ensure that small, rural providers have access to the supply chain risk information they need before they make an investment, which should help mitigate further “rip and replace” programs in the future.

Notice of 07/09/2020 Multistakeholder Process on Promoting Software Component Transparency Meeting

June 16, 2020

NTIA) will convene a virtual meeting of a multistakeholder process on promoting software component transparency on July 9, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time. The meeting will be held virtually, with online slide share and dial-in information to be posted at https://www.ntia.doc.gov/SoftwareTransparency.

Stakeholders Prepare for Further Work on Software Transparency in 2020

December 19, 2019

Participants in NTIA’s software security multistakeholder effort made significant progress this year, publishing the first set of community-drafted documents to offer guidance around the practice of a software bill of materials (SBOM). The SBOM functions as a “list of ingredients” for software that can help organizations keep track of the underlying components that make up almost all software today.

We are excited that the broader community is already using these resources, and we’re looking forward to refining the concept at the technical level. During the most recent meeting in November, the community agreed to continue their work in 2020, with a focus on making transparency an easy-to-use feature of the software marketplace.

Moving forward, in four parallel work streams, stakeholders plan to:

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