TIA Pursues Telecom Supply Chain Security Standards


The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is creating new standards designed to enhance telecom supply chain security standards.

TIA’s QuEST Forum is leading the effort. The forum has a two-decade-long history of developing standards and programs designed to help improve and protect the quality and integrity of telecommunications supply chains. Team and sub-team roles are open for participation.

TIA’s position paper: “Trust in ICT Supply Chain Security Can Only Come from Global Industry-Driven Standards and Programs” outlines how the ICT supply chain is currently vulnerable to sophisticated threats which could disrupt business operations, impact consumer confidence and affect the rollout of enabling new technologies.

“TIA understands the critical importance of securing the telecommunications supply chain and that’s why we’re rolling out this program to help the industry create this new standard,” said TIA CEO David Stehlin, in a prepared statement.  “TIA will continue to build trust in the ICT industry by facilitating the development of this impactful and verifiable standard which will significantly improve the security of our telecommunications infrastructure.”

The project will be managed under the umbrella of the QuEST Forum TL 9000 Quality Management System. A new team with industry participants who will begin defining the new standard’s framework and assessment program. TIA has already identified representatives from 21 different companies for this new standard, including service providers, suppliers, consultants, and more.

Industry experts interested in participating in TIA’s Supply Chain Security standards development and programs can contact Ken Koffman, Senior Vice President at TIA, at kkoffman@tiaonline.org.


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