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The National Coordinating Center for Communications (NCC)

As part of DHS' National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, NCC (also known as NCC Watch) continuously monitors national and international incidents and events that may impact emergency communications. Incidents include not only acts of terrorism, but also natural events such as tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes. In cases of emergency, NCC Watch leads emergency communications response and recovery efforts under Emergency Support Function #2 of the National Response Framework.

With much of the Nation's cyber infrastructure tied into communications, the NCC Watch is also a vital partner to the national cybersecurity effort. NCC works with both the U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT) and the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) to monitor and resolve issues impacting cyber and communications during an emergency.

NCC Watch cannot perform its vital mission without the cooperation and expertise of its Federal and private sector partners. It was the private sector that first recommended the establishment of a centralized government-industry coordination center following the divestiture of AT&T in the early 1980s. Today, 24 Federal Government agencies and over 50 private sector communications and information technology companies routinely share critical communications information and advice in a trusted environment to support the NCC's national security/emergency preparedness communications mission.

In January 2000, the White House designated NCC as the Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) for Telecommunications, in accordance with Presidential Decision Directive-63. The NCC-Communications ISAC facilitates the exchange of vulnerability, threat, intrusion, and anomaly information amongst government and industry telecommunications participants.
 

NCC Industry Representatives


Alcatel Lucent

Alaska Communications

Americom

Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials—International, Inc. (APCO International)

Artel, Inc.

AT&T

Boeing

CenturyLink

CenturyLink Government

Cincinnati Bell

Cisco Systems

Comcast Cable

COMPTEL

Cox Communications

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)

Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA)

Eutelsat America

Fair Point Communications

Frontier Communications

Global Crossing

GlobaFone

Globalstar

Global VSAT

HP Enterprise Services

Hughes

Inmarsat

Intelsat

Internap

Intrado

Juniper Networks

Level 3 Communications

Light Squared

Lockheed Martin

Motorola

National Association of Broadcasters

Nortel Networks

Northrop Grumman

Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunication Companies

 

PAETEC

Qualcomm

Raytheon

Research in Motion (RIM)

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

SAVVIS, Inc.

SES World Skies

Satellite Industry Association (SIA)

Sprint

TelePacific Communications

T-Mobile

Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Telecom

Tyco Communications

USA Mobility

USTA

VeriSign

Verizon

Verizon Business

Verizon Wireless

NCC Federal Participants


Department of State

Department of Defense

Department of Commerce

Department of Energy

Department of Homeland Security

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Federal Reserve Board

General Services Administration

 

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