President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC): Trusted Access Task Force: Screening, Credentialing, and Perimeter Access Controls Report   [open pdf - 149KB]

"The United States Government recognizes that a number of infrastructures are critical to 'our national identity and strategic purpose,' and that any threats, whether implied or actual, against key facilities supporting recognized critical infrastructures could adversely affect national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) services. Designated as one of those critical infrastructures, the telecommunications sector is heavily relied on by the Government, other critical infrastructures, and the general public. Although industry and Government have made significant strides in protecting the infrastructure, vulnerabilities remain with regard to physical access to telecommunications facilities. This report addresses the Administration's concerns that the telecommunications infrastructure may be vulnerable because trusted physical access is granted to individuals requiring entrance to sites where telecommunications assets are concentrated without ensuring that the individual will not pose a threat to the facility or the telecommunications infrastructure at large. Due to the functional nature of critical telecommunications facilities, numerous categories of individuals access the facilities daily and may be granted unescorted access to the facility for various periods of time. In addition, company employees can pose a threat to the security of a telecommunications facility. With approximately 90 percent of the telecommunications infrastructure's key assets owned by the private sector, protection efforts must account for both Government and private facilities. Government personnel and Government contractors are cleared through the standard Government clearance and screening processes; however, there is no standard process for vetting telecommunications employees, contractors, and vendors to certify that they are trusted members of the organizations they purport to represent."

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