Function of communications networks 2014

The availability of communications net-works and services was high in 2014 and high severity level faults appeared less than previous year.

The availability of communications net-works and services was high in 2014. Only one severe long-term fault of more than six hours was reported. During the year, telecommunications operators reported 14 disturbances of the highest severity level, i.e. class A, 46 disturbances of the high severity level, i.e. class B, and 96 faults and disturbances of the lower severity level, i.e. class C, to FICORA. The number of class A faults and disturbances decreased by six cases from the previous year. This is explained by there being no significant storm-induced disturbances in communications networks in 2014.

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Figure: The number of faults in communications networks in 2011–2014.

Cooperation is the key in the development of cyber security

FICORA is involved in the cooperative working group for disruptions (HÄTY) established in compliance with the Information Society Code at the beginning of 2015. The purpose of HÄTY is to improve preparedness for incidents in key communications and power distribution networks and the capability to recover from them. Before the Information Society Code entered into force, the group operated with a less fixed form and without a legal mandate from summer 2013. The Information Society Code has improved the group's possibilities to exchange confidential information about preparations for incidents, which boosts the group's activities even further. The working group involves key telecommunications operators and power distribution companies operating in Finland, telecommunications and power network contractors, and various authorities.

FICORA will receive new tasks regarding electronic identification and trust services. The amendments to the Act on Strong Electronic Identification and Electronic Signatures approved this year include the concept of a circle of trust. Last year, the EU approved the eIDAS regulation on transboundary electronic identification and trust services where trust services include, not only electronic signatures, but also electronic stamps and timestamps. Through these amendments in national legislation and EU regulation, FICORA will receive a number of new supervisory tasks from 2016 onwards.

FICORA will prepare for the tasks required by the eIDAS regulation by launching a project in 2015–2016. The three main themes of the project are the national trust network, transboundary identification and trust services. For each theme, FICORA will prepare technical specifications and operational guidelines based as extensively as possible on national and international source material. Monitoring and affecting the work of national and international cooperation committees within the field plays an important part in the project.

This article is a part of FICORA's Communications Sector Review 2014 (1/2015).

Key words: Information security, Internet, Telephone, Availability, Cyber security, Faults and disturbances, Networks, Articles, Reviews, Statistics

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