By NBC NewsSecurity is a top priority for Verizon as the company seeks to grow its business in the face of new threats.
But the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has begun requiring that major Internet service providers and others to install and activate a network security key to prevent malicious hackers from using it to compromise its networks.
This week, Verizon and other major Internet providers are required to deploy the security key as a mandatory requirement in their contracts with customers.
The FCC’s move follows a federal law enacted in 2014 requiring the public sector to install security devices in its buildings, such as cameras and security cameras, in response to cyberattacks.
But the agency did not mandate that companies deploy the devices, which have become a hot-button issue for privacy advocates.
The law required companies to notify the public and their customers when they install the security devices.
But Verizon was the only major U.S. company to not do so.
“Verizon Wireless is a leader in building a secure, resilient, and resilient network,” a company spokesman said in a statement.
“We have a proven track record of addressing critical security vulnerabilities in our networks.
We have a robust security posture in place to protect our customers and their data.”
The FCC also said that it is considering whether to require that major broadband providers install the devices.
The FTC said that Verizon and Comcast will be required to notify customers of the security requirement in advance of the installation.
Verizon said it would comply with the new requirements by March 1.
The company said in its statement that the security system will allow Verizon customers to receive alerts and notifications when the system detects unauthorized access to their personal or business information.
Verizon has already installed a network key for its network in some of its buildings to help protect against cyberattacks that have already impacted Verizon Wireless customers.
Verizon Wireless did not immediately respond to a request for comment.