Gartner Research

Could Terrorists Bring Down the Public Switched Telephone Network?

Published: 03 September 2002

ID: G00109349

Analyst(s): Ron Cowles, David L. Fraley


Gartner/Naval War College "cyberattack" war games show vulnerabilities in the public switched telecommunications network in the United States.

Table Of Contents
  • Analyzing the Potential for a Telecommunications Cyberattack
  • The War Game
    • How the Game Played Out for Telecom
  • Network Security
    • Social Engineering
    • Outside Plant
    • Regulatory
    • VoIP and the Next-Generation Network
  • The Attack: Keeping It Quiet
  • Gartner Dataquest Perspective
    • Why the Telecom System Is Secure
    • Humans Are at the Heart of the Network

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