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GAO Wants DHS, Other Agencies to Protect Emergency Response Systems from Cyberattacks

GAOA new Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday recommends that the Department of Homeland Security should partner with other agencies to secure IP-based emergency response systems from cyber attacks, FCW reported Wednesday.

Mark Rockwell writes GAO wants DHS to work with the Commerce, Justice and Transportation departments and the Federal Communications Commission on cybersecurity measures against threats ranging from hackers to terrorists.

The recommendation focuses on Next-Generation 911 operating on IP and cloud technologies, which GAO noted are liable to cyberattacks.

According to the report, DHS reported 600 denial-of-service attacks on federal phone systems last year, 200 of which were directed at public safety offices.

Rockwell writes DHS is updating cybersecurity mechanisms for specific infrastructure sectors under the National Infrastructure Protection Plan, covering both NG 911 and DOC’s National Public Safety Broadband Network.

Completion of the updated plans are expected by the end of the year.

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