Effectively addressing future cybersecurity threats means building on what’s worked in the past and adopting policies that respond to the cybersecurity challenges of tomorrow.

AT&T and the telecommunications sector as a whole have a long history of working cooperatively and productively with the federal government in response to cybersecurity incidents. This public-private partnership model has proven most effective in providing policy, planning, and an operations framework necessary for a coordinated and effective response to threats. The increasing complexity and sophistication of the cyber attacks of tomorrow will require even stronger public-private partnerships, ecosystem wide participation, improved international collaboration, and the adoption of new technologies.

Agenda to Advance the Nation’s Cybersecurity Defenses

Policymakers should clarify and streamline the role of government in cybersecurity, strengthen existing public-private partnerships, address international cybersecurity challenges, and drive adoption of new technologies to enhance cyber resiliency.

Cybersecurity is a complex issue that requires industry and government to partner in finding innovative ways to stay ahead of threats.

Bill O’Hern

Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer, AT&T

Cybersecurity is Changing

Every day the cybersecurity landscape changes. Each new device connected to the network presents a new target for attackers that needs to be secured, and each new social media post creates new cyber risks. At AT&T, we analyze the traffic on our network 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year at our 8 global security operations centers to help understand and identify the latest emerging threats.

Learn more about AT&T’s Efforts to ensure Cybersecurity

Existing Cybersecurity Governance

The communications sector has a long history of working cooperatively and productively with the federal government to prevent and respond to cybersecurity breaches. Despite the success of this public-private partnership model, some advocate for imposing rigid cybersecurity regulations on the industry. This would be a mistake.

Event AT&T Policy Forum Event

Effective Cybersecurity for the Internet Ecosystem

November 7, 2017
1:00 pm
- 3:00 pm EST

On November 7th the AT&T Policy Forum hosted an in-depth discussion on the effective cybersecurity for the internet ecosystem.

The event included an AT&T update from Bill O’Hern, AT&T Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer (Accompanying Presentation), followed by keynote remarks from Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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