TIA developing standard for securing telecomm network cabling - Embedded.com

TIA developing standard for securing telecomm network cabling

The Telecommunications Industry Association's TR-42.1 Engineering Committee on Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling is developing an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited standard (TIA-5017) to address the physical network security of information and communications technology (ICT) networks.

“Physical security is a vital part of any security plan and is fundamental to all security efforts,” said TIA President Grant Seiffert. “Our new standard project – TIA-5017 – will serve as a guide for network operators to improve the overall security of their networks.

Masood Shariff, chair of the TR 42.1 Network Security Task Group said that top experts in cabling, security and administration are teaming up with consultants who design security systems with the aim of creating a multi-disciplinary standard to prevent theft, sabotage, and terrorism.

He said the TIA-5017 standard project incorporates an integrated security approach which includes recent advances in automated administration management (AIM) that can pinpoint the location of any unauthorized connection, as well as surveillance systems that are now an integral part of many facilities. The standard will enable the planning and installation of security systems for physical telecommunications networks by covering:

1) The security of telecom cables, pathways, spaces, & other elements of the physical infrastructure through consolidation of existing security measures and new guidelines in one contiguous document;

2) Design guidelines, installation practices, administration, & management of the telecom network locations;

3) Guidelines for new construction as well as renovation of existing buildings; and,

4) Installation guidelines for implementing security cabling systems for premise security systems with an integrated security approach.

Masood Shariff, chair of the TR 42.1 Network Security Task Group said that top experts in cabling, security and administration are teaming up with consultants who design security systems with the aim of creating a multi-disciplinary standard to prevent theft, sabotage, and terrorism.

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