Cable giants on board with CSRIC cybersecurity measures

Major cable TV broadband service providers, including Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), and other top ISPs have agreed to act on cybersecurity recommendations from the FCC's Communications, Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC).The new measures include a code of conduct for fight botnets, a list of domain name system best practices and methods for dealing with hijacked IP routes.

The Federal Communications Commission had been campaigning for a more unified industrywide cybersecurity effort, and applauded this week's action. The anti-botnet code of conduct calls for the industry to undertake better efforts to educate consumers on botnet attacks, as well as warn their customers of botnet infections that occur on their computers, and help them resolve such infections.

That may be nothing different than any broadband service provider's claim that they have been ready to do this all along, though most consumers like still think of a company like Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) or Norton as their first call, figurative speaking, in the event of a security breach.

The DNS best practices called for include the adoption of the DNSSEC security protocol, which many service providers already adhere to. The third recommendation, for an Internet route hijacking framework, is aimed at reducing the number of events in which traffic is misdirected through potentially unsavory networks.

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