IoT Safety, Flash Calls, SMS Blasters and Bilateral Spam Accords: Episode 3 of The Commsrisk Show

My fellow presenters of The Communications Risk Show, Lee Scargall and Ed Finegold, surprised me at the beginning of our March 29 broadcast by agreeing with everything I said! However, things soon turned more rambunctious as we debated:

  • the reasons why scammers are driving radio devices around cities instead of using more conventional methods to transmit SMS messages;
  • the legal and regulatory environment surrounding flash calls and whether telcos are permitted to block them;
  • if consumers would prefer to be authenticated by flash call instead of receiving one time passwords by SMS; and
  • the increasing number of bilateral agreements that say national regulators will share information about spam, but do not promise any real action to reduce it.

David Rogers, Chair of the GSMA Fraud and Security Group, then joined the fray. He spoke about his recent research into security policies adopted by manufacturers of devices connected to the internet of things. David also highlighted the best work being done to improve the safety and privacy of networked consumer devices. He cited examples of legislation that seek to protect consumers from some of the potential downsides of being surrounded by devices that capture information and which could potentially be attacked by a remote hacker. If you missed the live broadcast then watch the recording below.

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.