Nigerian police have been called in to defend mobile phone masts after dozens were destroyed by Islamist militants. You can read the Reuters story here. The scale of the damage is unusual, but the events reflect how telcos provide a vital service to the community, whilst also offering a potential military and terrorist target. Mobile operators need to assess the security of their infrastructure, and should maintain contingency plans for its rapid repair and replacement.
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Eric is a recognized expert on communications risk and assurance. He was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and others. Eric was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He was a founding member of Qatar's National Committee for Internet Safety and the first leader of the TM Forum's Enterprise Risk Management team. Eric currently sits on the committee of the Risk & Assurance Group, and is an editorial advisor to Black Swan. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy. Commsrisk is edited by Eric. Look here for more about Eric's history as editor.