Commsrisk Top Ten for June 2022

There has never been a more exciting time to report on the risks facing comms providers and digital service providers. This month’s countdown of the most popular Commsrisk articles confirms recent trends. The topics covered range from the early maneuvers in Cold War 2 to the billion-dollar implications of corruption to consumer protection schemes that utterly fail to protect consumers from harm. In some respects they represent bad news for risk managers. But on the other hand, the management of risk has never been more important. The future is uncertain. New technologies can be made to serve frightening purposes. Humans still have the same old vices and cognitive flaws. Mistakes can have terrible consequences. And the best response to each risk is rarely as obvious as some want to believe. This is fertile soil for individuals who plant seeds that will grow into superior risk management. That is because risks are also opportunities in disguise.

Those who can consciously navigate the risk minefield without depending on dumb luck have the best chance of surviving and prospering. Everybody will make mistakes from time to time, which it is why it is better to learn from other people’s mistakes than your own. Thankfully, the internet has made it much easier to learn about the successes and failures of our peers. The risk professionals with the best chance of succeeding will be those who anticipate their future by always keeping one eye on what counterparts are doing right now.

The following rundown shows the ten most popular Commsrisk articles during June, as measured by unique page views.

  1. Disappointing Annual Results for Subex
  2. Will Bribery Sink Ericsson’s $6bn Vonage Acquisition?
  3. Calls with STIR/SHAKEN C-Attestation Now 5 Times More Likely to Be Robocalls than Unsigned Calls
  4. New GVG National Revenue Assurance Tracking System Launched in Zimbabwe
  5. The Wangiri Fraud That Was Mostly a Billing Error
  6. How STC Evolved from Reporting Assurance to Finance Assurance
  7. Widespread Reporting of Flubot ‘Takedown’ Shows How Little We Really Know
  8. What the Theft of the Verizon Employee Database Tells Us about Security Threats
  9. Saying African Telcos Are ‘Inadequately Prepared’ for Mobile Money Fraud Smacks of Unconscious Racism
  10. China Joins Russia in Preparing to Shoot Down US Comms Satellites
Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is the Editor of Commsrisk. Look here for more about the history of Commsrisk and the role played by Eric.

Eric is also the Chief Executive of the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), a global association of professionals working in risk management and business assurance for communications providers.

Previously Eric was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and he has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and other telcos. He was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.