The SIP Forum Announces Dates for SIPNOC 2020 – the 10th Annual SIP Network Operators Conference

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Virtual event to take place December 7-11, 2020; features comprehensive webinar series focused on issues essential to the ongoing development and deployment of the STIR/SHAKEN Call Authentication Framework and the communication industry’s ongoing efforts to combat illegal Robocalls and Caller ID Spoofing

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With the latest release by the FCC of Docket 17-97, there is a renewed and continuing need for the telecommunications industry to gather and study the ramifications of this new report and order, and to respond with well-considered action.

The SIP Forum announced today that due to the continuing Coronavirus Pandemic, it will produce a virtual version of its acclaimed SIPNOC conference – SIPNOC 2020 – which will feature a comprehensive webinar series focusing on the challenges and opportunities related to the deployment of the STIR/SHAKEN Call Authentication Framework.

SIPNOC 2020 will take place during a period of five days, from December 7th through December 11th, 2020, and will build on the success of the SIP Forum’s June 2020 STIR/SHAKEN VIRTUAL SUMMIT and 2019’s SIPNOC 2019 live, in-person conference, which both earned high praise from attendees for their educational, technical and regulatory content that focused on the real-world challenges service providers face when deploying STIR/SHAKEN.

The SIP Forum is also proud to announce that a number of leading companies are supporting SIPNOC 2020 through their generous support as sponsors, including Diamond Sponsors iconectiv and Neustar; Platinum Sponsor Ribbon Communications; and Gold Sponsors AT&T, ECG, Metaswitch, NetNumber, SecureLogix, and TransNexus. For more information about SIPNOC 2020 sponsors, please visit https://www.sipforum.org/news-events/sipnoc-2020-overview/#sponsors.

Developed jointly by the SIP Forum and ATIS (the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions) to efficiently implement the Internet Engineering Task Force’s (IETF) STIR (for Secure Telephony Identity Revisited) standard, SHAKEN (for Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs) defines a mechanism to verify the calling number and specifies how it will be transported across communications networks.

Together, STIR/SHAKEN offers a practical mechanism to provide verified information about the calling party as well as the origin of the call — what is known as “attestation” — for the first time in the network. Giving service providers the tools needed to sign and verify calling numbers makes it possible for businesses and consumers to know, before answering, that the calls they receive are from legitimate parties.

With the recent release by the FCC on October 1, 2020 of the Second Report and Order in the Matter of the Call Authentication Trust Anchor (WC Docket No. 17-97), there are a host of new issues for the industry at large to consider.

On March 31, 2020, the United States Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules requiring implementation of caller ID authentication using “STIR/SHAKEN.” These rules will further the FCC’s efforts to protect consumers against malicious caller ID “spoofing,” which is often used during robocall scam campaigns to trick consumers into answering their phones.

President Trump signed into law the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act, or the “TRACED Act” (S.151) on December 30, 2019.

The TRACED Act authorizes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue additional civil penalties on individuals who intentionally violate restrictions on the use of automated telephone equipment (i.e., illegal robocalls and spoofing); and directs the FCC to require voice service providers to offer call authentication technologies (i.e., STIR/SHAKEN) to consumers.

“With the latest release by the FCC of Docket 17-97, there is a renewed and continuing need for the telecommunications industry to gather and study the ramifications of this new report and order, and to respond with well-considered action. This, and the fact that the TRACED Act and associated rules adopted by the FCC officially mandate the deployment of STIR/SHAKEN across the telecommunications landscape, there is a pressing need to provide those with a vested interest in the deployment of STIR/SHAKEN the most timely and essential information they need to tackle the technological, logistical, business and regulatory and enforcement challenges involved in that endeavor,” said Marc Robins, SIPNOC 2020 Program Chair, and SIP Forum President and Managing Director.

SIPNOC 2020 will feature a series of webinars that focus on issues critical to the reliable and successful deployment and operation of STIR/SHAKEN in today’s IP-based network environments, as well as associated topics including discussion of the ramifications of governmental regulatory, legislative and enforcement actions and critical security issues.

SIPNOC 2020 will feature content such as:

  • Out-Of-Band STIR solutions
  • The Ramifications of the Second Report and Order (WC 17-97) in the Matter of the Call Authentication Trust Anchor
  • Review of other proposed DOJ/FCC/FTC Enforcement Actions and Their Ramifications
  • The Evolving Model for Attestation
  • Track and Trace Issues and Considerations
  • Important Certificate Management Considerations and Procedures
  • Delegated Certificates and Call Identity Challenges: What Data is Shared Between Carriers and Enterprises?
  • Call Diversion and Priority Call Header Challenges and Solutions
  • The State of International Adoption of STIR/SHAKEN
  • RCD (Rich Call Data) and other Call Validation Display Framework Solutions
  • STIR/SHAKEN Deployment Best-Practices
  • Considerations for Management, Performance and Troubleshooting
  • Trusted Customer Solutions: Implementing STIR/SHAKEN with Enterprise Customers
  • IP Interconnection, Inter-Carrier Compensation and Access Reform Challenges

SIPNOC 2020 will offer actionable information for all industry stakeholders in the Robocall and Caller ID Spoofing elimination/mitigation ecosystem, including telecommunications providers, major backbone operators, interconnect and wholesale solution providers, ISPs, cable operators, and wireless network operators, as well as governmental regulators and agencies, regulatory attorneys with state and federal jurisdictions, equipment manufacturers and mobile product developers, device integration specialists, large enterprise service assurance operations and IT/communications staff, government agencies, customer care/contact centers, and application providers and data analytics firms.

For More Information and to Register
To receive more information about SIPNOC 2020, please visit http://www.sipnoc.org/. To receive notification once event registration is open, please send an email to sipnocinfo@sipforum.org or call +1-203-829-6307.

Sponsorship Information
There are a very limited number of SIPNOC 2020 sponsorship opportunities available for companies offering STIR/SHAKEN services and solutions. For information about webinar sponsorship benefits and costs, please contact Marc Robins at +1-203-829-6307 or email marc.robins@sipforum.org.

About the SIP Forum
The SIP Forum is a leading IP communications industry association that engages in numerous activities that promote and advance SIP-based technology, such as the development of industry recommendations; interoperability testing events including SIPit, and special workshops, educational activities, and general promotion of IP communications standards, services, and technology for service provider, enterprise and governmental applications. The SIP Forum is also the producer of the annual SIPNOC conferences (for SIP Network Operators Conference), focused on the technical requirements of the service provider community, the STIR/SHAKEN VIRTUAL SUMMIT, and other industry events. One of the Forum’s technical activities is the development of the SIPconnect Technical Recommendation – a standards-based SIP trunking recommendation that provides detailed guidelines for direct IP peering and interoperability between IP PBXs and SIP-based service provider networks, and the SIPconnect Certification Testing Program, a unique certification testing program that includes a certification test suite and test platform, and an associated “SIPconnect Certified” logo program that provides an official “seal of certification” for companies products and services that have officially achieved conformance with the SIPconnect specification. Other important Forum initiatives include work in security, SIP and IPv6, and IP-based Network-to-Network Interconnection (IP-NNI) and the SHAKEN Call Authentication Framework. For more information about SIP Forum initiatives, please visit: https://www.sipforum.org.

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