The SIP Forum Announces the STIR/SHAKEN VIRTUAL SUMMIT – New, Free-to-Attend Webinar Series Focused on the STIR/SHAKEN Call Authentication Framework

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Virtual event to take place the week of June 22, 2020; Will consist of a series of special webinars on issues vital to the deployment of the STIR/SHAKEN Call Authentication Framework and ongoing efforts to combat illegal Robocalls and Caller ID Spoofing.

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The STIR/SHAKEN VIRTUAL SUMMIT will 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 and business challenges involved in that endeavor.

The SIP Forum announced today that it will produce a virtual event called the STIR/SHAKEN VIRTUAL SUMMIT, a special webinar series focusing on the challenges and opportunities related to the deployment of the STIR/SHAKEN Call Authentication Framework.

The STIR/SHAKEN VIRTUAL SUMMIT replaces a live conference that the SIP Forum cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The STIR/SHAKEN VIRTUAL SUMMIT will take place during the week of June 22, 2020, and will build on the success of the SIP Forum’s last SIPNOC 2019 live, in-person conference, which earned high praise from attendees for its educational and technical 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 the STIR/SHAKEN VIRTUAL SUMMIT through their generous support as webinar sponsors, including Metaswitch, NetNumber, Neustar, and Ribbon Communications.

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 signing into law of the “Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act”, or the “TRACED Act” (S.151), by President Trump on December 30, 2019, there is new urgency surrounding the deployment of STIR/SHAKEN within the telecommunications industry.

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.

In addition, 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

“With the signing of the TRACED Act and the recent action by the FCC, the deployment of STIR/SHAKEN across the telecommunications industry is no longer optional – it is now mandated by United States Federal Law. The STIR/SHAKEN VIRTUAL SUMMIT will 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 and business challenges involved in that endeavor,” said Marc Robins, SIP Forum President and Managing Director.

The STIR/SHAKEN VIRTUAL SUMMIT 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.

The STIR/SHAKEN VIRTUAL SUMMIT will feature content such as:

  • Out-Of-Band STIR solutions
  • Review of Proposed DOJ/FCC/FTC Enforcement Actions and Their Ramifications
  • Track and Trace Issues and Considerations
  • Important Certificate Management Considerations and Procedures
  • Considerations Surrounding Delegated Certificates
  • 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
  • Interconnection and Access Reform Challenges

The STIR/SHAKEN VIRTUAL SUMMIT 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 the STIR/SHAKEN VIRTUAL SUMMIT, please visit http://www.stirshakensummit.org. To receive notification once event registration is open, please send an email to stirshakensummit@sipforum.org or call +1-203-829-6307.

Sponsorship Information
There are a limited number of additional sponsorship opportunities available for companies offering STIR/SHAKEN services and solutions to present a webinar. 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, 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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