DigiCert to Support New WInnForum Group Outlining Certificate Authority Accreditation Issuance Requirements and Procedures in CBRS Band

WASHINGTON, DC (November 10, 2016) — The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) today announced a new Spectrum Sharing Committee (SSC) task group formed to operationalize the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) as described in the Communications Security Technical Specification (WINNF-15-S-0065 v1.0.0). DigiCert will lead the effort.

Work items in the new Certificate Authority (CA) Accreditation group under development include a certificate practice policy governing the issuance of certificates by Certificate Authorities (CAs), including detailed requirements on specific validation procedures, as well as a set of requirements on CAs wishing to operate a CBRS PKI Root of Trust.

“Securing connected devices from manufacturing to end-of-life is incredibly important given the length of time that these devices are actively deployed in many places such as our homes, cars, offices, cities, industrial centers, and hospitals,” said DigiCert Product Manager Clint Wilson. “PKI provides a scalable solution for securing connected devices and their communication channels with authentication, encryption and digital signing. As we’ve done with other emerging technologies, DigiCert is excited to offer our support to WInnForum to help create community-defined standards that advance security best practices.”

The Forum’s SSC is inviting all interested parties to join the Forum and contribute to the development of these work items. The ultimate result of the completion of the task group’s deliverables will be the issuance of a request for proposal (RFP) to candidate organizations that wish to be spectrum sharing ecosystem Root of Trust operators. All organizations that meet the requirements will be invited to participate as Root of Trust operators.

The new group was created within the SSC’s Working Group 5 which is tasked with operationalizing the 3.5 GHz Shared Spectrum Ecosystem. Announced in February, the Forum’s SCC supports five working groups, each collaborating working on separate aspects of a common goal: to ensure that the 3.5 GHz band can be successfully commercialized. More information on the SSC can be found here: http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/ssc-description.

The committee has formed multiple sub-groups/task groups; participation in these work groups and task groups currently encompasses some 120 participants from over 40 different organizations. Work products from the committee can be found here: http://www.wirelessinnovation.org/work-products-and-public-files.

Supported by platinum sponsors Google, Motorola Solutions, Finmeccanica and Thales, WInnForum has several working groups focusing on projects related to advancing technologies supporting the innovative utilization of spectrum and the development of wireless communications systems, including essential or critical communications systems. Visit http://www.WirelessInnovation.org to learn more. Individuals or organizations wishing to participate in WInnForum Working Groups should contact Lee Pucker at Lee.Pucker@WirelessInnovation.org.

Established in 1996, the Wireless Innovation Forum™ comprises an international group of equipment vendors, subsystem vendors, software developers, technology developers, communication service providers, research and engineering organizations, academic institutions, government users, regulators and other interested parties who share the common business interests of advancing technologies supporting the innovative utilization of spectrum and the development of wireless communications systems, including essential or critical communications systems. To learn more about The Wireless Innovation Forum, its meetings and membership benefits, visit www.WirelessInnovation.org.

Lee Pucker, 604-828-9876, Lee.Pucker@wirelessinnovation.org or
Stephanie Hamill, 970-290-9543 or Stephanie.Hamill@wirelessinnovation.org

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Jeff Chandler
Director of Public Relations