Jim McEachern is an expert in the governance of the SHAKEN anti-spoofing protocol and an advisor to the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS).
The Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs, otherwise known as SHAKEN, is a mechanism that enables a digital ‘signature’ to be added to voice calls, so the origin of the call can be confirmed by the telco that terminates it. It is hence a method that tackles the issue of caller ID spoofing and all the nuisance calls and frauds associated with spoofing. ATIS is a Governance Authority, meaning it plays a vital role in ensuring signatures are authentic.
Jim has enjoyed a long and distinguished career with a sharp focus on technical and standards-related topics in the telecommunications industry. Prior to working with ATIS, Jim spent 13 years in technical roles at Bell Northern Research and 16 years in engineering and standards roles at Nortel. Jim also served a one-year term as President of the MultiService Forum (MSF), a standards organization dedicated to interoperability testing, and he continues to serve on the MSF Board of Directors.