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2019 ended with a flurry of big telecom news.

The TRACED Act passed in the Senate and was signed into law on Dec 30. It mandates STIR/SHAKEN for IP networks and “reasonable measures to implement an effective call authentication framework in the non-internet protocol networks of the provider of voice service.” (emphasis added)

STIR/SHAKEN has been gaining momentum for a while—no surprise there. But what about the part in bold, the non-IP thing?

It could be Out-of-Band STIR, a way of sending the SHAKEN identity token separately across the internet. Then it wouldn’t matter what kind of network segments are used for call transit—SIP, TDM, whatever. Call authentication for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be an interesting year.

Here are highlights of recent telecom news stories that launch us into 2020:

Webinar – Get Ready for the STIR/SHAKEN Call Authentication Mandate
We’re going to present a webinar on the STIR/SHAKEN call authentication mandate on Feb 27. Note that the mandate applies to non-IP networks too! Details here.
Top ten telecom stories in 2019
Here’s a review of the top ten telecom stories and whitepapers we published in 2019—the year in review!
STIR/SHAKEN call authentication mandate signed into U. S. law
President Trump signed the Pallone-Thune TRACED Act into law on December 30, 2019. This legislation includes a mandate for voice service providers to use call authentication on non-IP networks too. Highlights.
U. S. Senate passes Pallone-Thune TRACED Act unanimously
The U. S. Senate passed the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act on December 19, 2019. Here’s an overview.
Robocaller fined almost $10 million for unlawful calls
This was a remarkable case. The robocaller, Kenneth Moser, spoofed caller ID on 47,610 calls. And that was just the beginning. Get the story here.
TransNexus Approved by the STI Policy Administrator as a SHAKEN Certification Authority
We’ve been approved to be a Certification Authority for SHAKEN/STIR. This means we can provide everything you need for STIR/SHAKEN. Or just certificates. Here’s the announcement.

Odds and ends

At least 174 municipal institutions in the U. S. were targeted by ransomware in 2019, a 60 percent increase over 2018, according to Kapersky Labs, in a UPI report. Malware attacks often begin with email phishing schemes that trick employees into clicking on a link that leads to a phony site that collects info and/or loads malware. Moral of the story: get security training for your employees.

Born this day: Marc Antony (83 BC), Benedict Arnold (1741), Albert Schweitzer (1875), Andy Rooney (1919), Don “Big Daddy” Garlits (1932), Faye Dunaway (1941), LL Cool J (1968).

We hope you enjoyed this newsletter! Please let us know if you have any questions about these items or other topics.

Best regards,

Donald St. Denis

Fraud prevention | Robocall prevention | TDoS prevention | STIR/SHAKEN

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