Roundtable Report: Spectrum Vulnerabilities

Tags: Spectrum Policy / Technology Policy

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Wireless systems have become indispensable to government, business, and public life, but the inherent openness of these systems at the RF Layer introduces spectrum vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malicious actors or result in harmful interference. Yet, policymakers and stakeholders have only recently begun to focus on the security of these systems.

On March 22, 2019, Silicon Flatirons convened an expert roundtable at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in Washington, DC to discuss the state of spectrum vulnerabilities, identify ways to increase awareness and understanding of these vulnerabilities, and motivate policymakers and stakeholders to make concerted efforts to address them.

Three themes emerged during the discussion: (1) detecting and understanding spectrum vulnerabilities; (2) classifying and prioritizing them; and (3) identifying and mitigating their causes. The participants agreed that further discussion was needed to assess challenges, and develop more detailed ways to address them.

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