Telecoms Security Bill

Telecoms Security Bill

Big Changes are coming to UK mobile regulations which will impact digital environments across the country. With new security standards in the UK, monitoring networks has never been more important, both across the IP and the signalling environments. It’s time to fully protect your network, its users, and their all-important data.

Telecommunications Laws & Regulations FAQs

What is the Telecoms Security Bill?

The Telecommunications Security Bill is a robust security framework announced by the UK government to safeguard the availability, integrity and confidentiality of the UK’s Telecom networks. Tier 1 and Tier 2 Telecoms companies are impacted by the bill and must quickly meet tougher rules and codes of practice to increase the security of their networks and meet detailed technical requirements for controlling access to sensitive areas of the network

What are Telecoms Security Requirements (TSR)?

Failing to meet these new regulatory requirements can leave Telecommunication providers exposed to:

  • Operational disruption through Ofcom contravention notices.
  • Regulatory fines up to ten percent of turnover for failing to meet standards or for continuing contraventions, £100,000 a day.

What are the Telecommunications Laws and Regulations?

Ofcom is an independent regulator of UK communications industries, regulating communications from fixed line telecoms and mobile networks through to the airwaves on which wireless devices operate which we utilise and rely upon every day. Ofcom ensures that users not only get the services they require but that they are also protected from harmful material shared across these platforms and that user data is protected for their privacy. Non-compliance to the regulations laid out by Ofcom can be met with penalties and fines.

Who regulates the telecommunications industry in the UK?

Ofcom provides guidance to the UK communications industry, including providers of electronic communications networks or services (PECN / PECS) to ensure that they are able to maintain compliance with ever-evolving security guidelines in accordance with government legislation, including the Communications Act 2003. At a more granular level, Ofcom also provide advice and security tips for the general public on how to stay safe and protect their family when operating in the digital world, from advice on social media forums to explaining how to make the most benefit of parental controls for mobile phones.

What must Telecom operators do to comply with the new regulations?

Telecom providers must take appropriate and proportionate measures to identify and reduce the risks of security compromises occurring.

They must:

  • Monitor and analyse signals entering, transiting, or leaving the electronic communications network for the purpose of identifying anomalous activity.
  • Have in place means and procedures for producing immediate alerts.
  • Ensure that all data monitored is held securely for at least 13 months.
  • Design, construct and maintain the network in a manner that appropriately reduces the risks of security compromises.
  • Be able to promptly analyse activity relating to security critical functions of the network for anomalous activity.

How Telesoft Can Help You Meet Telecoms Security Requirements?

Telesofts’ purpose built technology, engineered and manufactured in the UK utilising open standards, provides network operators with cost-effective compliance with telecommunications law and regulations, whilst enabling threat hunting across your entire digital estate.

Designed and built with efficiency and the environment in mind, our platform is delivered in the smallest physical footprint possible.

Supported by our Platinum package designed specifically for network operators, Telesoft offers best-in-class support and consultancy, including installation, commissioning, and 24 hour UK support desk.

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