TIA Supply Chain Security Management System Improves Global Security Posture

Enhanced standard provides assurance that communications networks across all industries are designed to be inherently secure.

TIA Supply Chain Security Management System Improves Global Security Posture

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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Telecommunications Industry Association today announced the release of SCS 9001 2.0 Supply Chain Security Management System.

SCS 9001 Release 2.0 is “a certifiable standard designed to help organizations operationalize the National Institution of Standards and Technology (NIST) and other government guidelines and frameworks,” according to the association announcement.

The SCS 9001 2.0 standard “builds on its predecessor by providing a more comprehensive global cybersecurity and supply chain security standard that is adaptable to any type of communications network across all industries and sectors,” the announcement says.

It is “designed to adhere to the evolving information and communications technology (ICT) market, increased government legislation and growing industry initiatives,” according to the announcement.

“Cyber and supply chain security are complex issues and there is nothing more important than designing processes that help ensure the solution is secure,” says Dave Stehlin, CEO at TIA, in the association announcement.

“The processes that an organization uses to develop a product, solution or service must ensure security is built into the design and SCS 9001 does just that,” he says. “Technology is advancing rapidly and TIA is releasing SCS 9001 2.0 less than two years after our initial version of the standard to capture the expanding needs of the broad ICT industry.”

Through the work of TIA’s QuEST Forum Supply Chain Security Working Group and its subcommittees of dedicated industry technology and security experts, the SCS 9001 Release 2.0 has been updated to provide:

  • Enhanced coverage for the origin of products, traceability of components, and the authenticity of provenance
  • Expanded coverage for global supply chain procurement, shipping and logistic policies and procedures
  • Improved support for government policy and legislative requirements
  • Updated mapping controls to other global standards and publications

“Contemporary standards focus on improving operational cybersecurity whereas SCS 9001 addresses many of those aspects but distinguishes itself by enhancing assurance of a network operator and vendor’s supply chain practices,” says Mike Regan, vice president, business performance, at TIA, in the association announcement.

“SCS 9001 is a comprehensive global cybersecurity standard that is network, technology and device agnostic,” he says. “SCS 9001 2.0 builds on the prior version with enhanced capabilities and support and we look forward to working with organizations around the world to leverage it to improve their cybersecurity posture.”

More About TIA’s SCS 9001 Standard

Costa Rica became the first government in Latin America to mandate that vendors certify to the TIA SCS 9001 standard following a disruptive attack on its critical network infrastructure in 2022.

TIA has published a white paper highlighting the factors contributing to the increase in cyberattacks and how its SCS 9001 standard can help protect against bad actors that can disrupt business continuity, damage reputations and threaten national security.

With SCS 9001 2.0, organizations can verify that their products meet the security requirements with an independent audit and certification program. TIA will provide updated training including both on-demand and instructor-led options. The training courses are designed to introduce the standard, provide guidance on implementation and the certification process.

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