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ATIS Makes Recommendations to Mitigate GPS Vulnerabilities

ATIS Makes Recommendations to Mitigate GPS Vulnerabilities

WASHINGTON, DC —  ATIS today announced that it has made recommendations to the Federal Government to address GPS/GNSS (Global Positioning System/Global Navigation Satellite Systems) vulnerabilities and mitigate their impact. Despite its long-standing dependability in delivering accurate time, GPS and GNSS are vulnerable to jamming, spoofing and system problems. A recent communique from ATIS’ SYNC Committee requesting government action contains specific recommendations to address these. The goal is to maintain the reliability of the timing systems that are a critical part of our communications networks.

“These recommendations represent the views of government, industry and GPS/GNSS users,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. “Setting them into action will speed development of solutions to mitigate the risks to the systems that are the critical backbone for precision timing for so many industries.”

The recommendations include establishing an Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing Program for U.S. civilian infrastructure; monitoring for GPS/GNSS disruptions, interference, and impacts; and taking enforcement action against spectrum violations. Access the full recommendations here.

They were generated in the GNSS Stationary Timing Receiver Resilience Workshop, sponsored by ATIS and the Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation. The event brought together timing and synchronization experts to explore the challenges to adopting more resilient GPS/GNSS receivers to enhance our critical infrastructure and secure these systems from disruptions.

ATIS SYNC develops and recommends standards and prepares technical reports related to telecommunications network technology pertaining to network synchronization interfaces. GPS vulnerability has been a focus of the SYNC committee activities for the last several years. A technical report, ATIS-0900005, GPS Vulnerability, was issued September 2017.

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Marcella Wolfe, Manager – Public Relations and Marketing Communications, ATIS