|[February 28, 2017]
ATIS Launches Industry Testbed to Advance Mitigation of Unwanted Robocalling and Caller ID Fraud
ATIS (News - Alert) announced today that it has launched a virtualized testbed to
advance industry efforts to mitigate unwanted robocalls and caller ID
spoofing. The testbed will facilitate implementation of ATIS' new
specification to authenticate and verify calling party information. ATIS
has appointed Neustar as the exclusive provider of the standing testbed.
Unwanted robocalling is the FCC's (News - Alert) number one source of consumer
complaints. Consumers get annoyed at the time they waste answering
unwanted calls and lose millions of dollars every year to caller fraud.
To address this recognized industry problem, an Internet Engineering
Task Force (IETF) working group drafted three related standards, which
collectively define a means to authenticate the calling party number,
securely transport this information "on the wire" and verify it at the
receiving end. To put these standards into action, the ATIS/SIP
Forum IP-NNI Task Force has developed SHAKEN (Signature-based
Handling of Asserted information using toKENs), a trusted identity
framework that provides guidance for service providers implementing
Caller ID network validation.
Together, the IETF standards and SHAKEN give service providers the tools
they need to consistently authenticate, digitally sign and verify
calling party numbers. This functionality enables network operators to
stop suspicious calls before they reach their subscribers, or provide
notifications that allow consumers to decide whether to answer a call.
SHAKEN also includes important capabilities to assist law enforcement in
finding the source of unwanted calls.
Neustar will provide a virtualized platform to facilitate
interoperability testing. This distributed test environment will help
service providers, suppliers and third parties verify implementation of
the new SHAKEN framework in a representative network configuration that
removes testing obstacles and will accelerate the validation of industry
standards. The testbed provides a standing lab for interested parties to
test their planned implementations against the relevant industry
"The Robocalling Testbed brings the industry together in a neutral
environment to fully vet its planned implementation of ATIS' SHAKEN
mitigation technique," said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller (News - Alert). "The
Testbed validates an important enabler that will enhance the
effectiveness of a wide range of solutions to block unwanted calls.
Findings will both advance the goals of the FCC Robocall Strike Force
and contribute to consumer confidence in communications networks and
"AT&T (News - Alert) commends ATIS and Neustar's efforts to address unwanted
robocalling and enhance the consumer caller ID experiene," said Melissa
Arnoldi, President - Technology Development, AT&T. "The collaborative
development of new solutions using the latest standards ensures
solutions are real-world tested and set up for wide-spread adoption to
tackle this critical issue for consumers."
"Neustar is pleased to take a leading role in driving solutions to solve
this key industry and consumer issue," said Hank Skorny, Senior Vice
President, Neustar and member of the ATIS Board of Directors. "Through
our Neustar Trust Lab and the testing facilities, we are helping to
restore trust in communications to drive our connected world forward."
Any service provider with an assigned Operating Company Number (OCN), as
maintained by the National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc. (NECA), is
eligible to participate. Participation is free of charge. Other parties,
such as equipment manufacturers, may participate if they have solutions
relevant to the SHAKEN framework available to test. Results from the
testing will remain confidential under non-disclosure agreements.
Aggregate and anonymized findings will be shared in the ATIS Testbeds
Focus Group to further advance caller ID spoofing and robocalling
solutions. Interested companies may also perform lab-to-lab testing
utilizing the ATIS SHAKEN test plan, and report their findings to ATIS.
To participate in the ATIS Robocalling Testbed, contact Jim McEachern,
Senior Technology Consultant, ATIS, or visit www.atis.org/robocallingtestbed.
The ATIS Robocalling Testbed is one of several key industry resources
ATIS is delivering to mitigate robocalling. Other resources include the
whitepapers Calling Party Spoofing Mechanisms and Mitigation
Techniques as well as Developing
Calling Party Spoofing Mitigation Techniques: ATIS' Role. Learn
more about ATIS' robocalling mitigation work.
As a leading technology and solutions development organization, the
Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) brings
together the top global ICT companies to advance the industry's most
critical business priorities. ATIS' 150 member companies are currently
working to address 5G, the all-IP transition, network functions
virtualization, big data analytics, cloud services, the ICT implications
of Smart Cities, emergency services, M2M, cyber security, network
evolution, quality of service, billing support, operations, and much
more. These priorities follow a fast-track development lifecycle - from
design and innovation through standards, specifications, requirements,
business use cases, software toolkits, open source solutions, and
ATIS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
ATIS is the North American Organizational Partner for the 3rd Generation
Partnership Project (3GPP), a founding Partner of the oneM2M global
initiative, a member and major U.S. contributor to the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU), as well as a member of the Inter-American
Telecommunication Commission (CITEL). For more information, visit www.atis.org.
Every day, the world generates roughly 2.5 quadrillion bits of data.
Neustar (NYSE: NSR) isolates certain elements and analyzes, simplifies
and edits them to make precise and valuable decisions that drive
results. As one of the few companies capable of knowing with certainty
who is on the other end of every interaction, we're trusted by the
world's great brands to make critical decisions some 20 billion times a
day. We help marketers send timely and relevant messages to the right
people. Because we can authoritatively tell a client exactly who is
calling or connecting with them, we make critical real-time responses
possible. And the same comprehensive information that enables our
clients to direct and manage orders also stops attackers. We know when
someone isn't who they claim to be, which helps stop fraud and denial of
service before they're a problem. Because we're also an experienced
manager of some of the world's most complex databases, we help clients
control their online identity, registering and protecting their domain
name, and routing traffic to the correct network address. By linking the
most essential information with the people who depend on it, we provide
more than 12,000 clients worldwide with decisions-not just data. More
information is available at www.neustar.biz.
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