The Communications Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC), with its government partners, works to protect the Nation’s communications critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) from harm and to ensure that the Nation’s communications networks and systems are secure, resilient, and rapidly restored after a natural or manmade disaster.
The Communications Sector assets include multiple fully interconnected telecommunications networks with high-speed fiber optic routes, central office and transmission facilities, optical switches, buildings, mobile switching offices, antenna sites, satellite facilities, and the physical infrastructure which supports cyber space. Protection of these assets ensures the availability of multiple services including traditional voice, VoIP, mobile voice, Internet access, email, Instant Messaging, up/downstream Internet website data transmission, streaming video, high resolution video, digital photographs, etc. The communications infrastructure is a complex system of systems that incorporates multiple technologies and services with diverse ownership. The infrastructure includes wireline, wireless, satellite, cable, and broadcasting technology platforms, and provides the transport networks that support the Internet and other key information systems. With a strong and well-refined focus on risk management, long-established processes and procedures for network security and rapid response and recovery under all hazards assure the continued operation of vital communications services.
Cross Sector Activities
The CSCC coordinates with the other 17 critical infrastructure sectors through the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security (PCIS) to address cross-sector issues and interdependencies. The PCIS provides senior-level cross-sector strategy coordination through partnership with DHS and the sector-specific federal agencies or SSAs.