Tag Archives: emergency communications

CISA Releases FY21 Planning Guide for Emergency Comm Technical Assitance

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has published a planning guide, Emergency Communication Technical Assistance guide for fiscal year 2021, meant to help public safety officials and first responders improve interoperable communications to address issues caused by changes to emergency communications landscape.

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CISA to Demonstrate Tech for Emergency Comms on the Energy Grid

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) plans to test a new technology designed to support priority communications for emergency response efforts. Crius Technology Group's Comm³ technology would help CISA route security and emergency preparedness communications signals across the electric grid, under the Next Generation Network Priority Service program's second phase, CISA said Tuesday.

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CISA Issues Guide on TDoS-Based Attacks to Emergency Comms Centers

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released a fact sheet on telephony denial of service attacks (TDoS) and how stakeholders can prevent these threats from disrupting public safety operations. CISA said Tuesday that TDoS attacks are meant to overload the networks of emergency communications facilities such as 911 dispatch centers through various attack vectors.

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CISA Seeking Feedback on Updated Nat’l Emergency Comms Plan

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is looking to include input on the updates for the 2019 version of the National Emergency Communications Plan, DHS said in a notice. The NECP, last published in 2014, serves as a guide for entities seeking to coordinate operations and invest in operable and interoperable communications for emergency response and recovery missions.

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Trump OKs Measure to Establish New DHS Cyber Agency

President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that would form a new cybersecurity agency within the Department of Homeland Security. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act will create a new DHS agency to “lead the federal government’s civilian response to these cyber threats against our nation,” Trump said in a statement published Friday.

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Senate Bill Seeks to Expand Emergency Telecom Services Access

A bill introduced in the Senate would require the Federal Communications Commission to explore new methods to expand telecommunications services access in the event of a natural disaster. The Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act of 2016 would also mandate that the Government Accountability Office examine potential strategies for the government to increase security of emergency communications …

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Bobbie Stempfley: DHS Updates Nat’l Emergency Communications Plan to Reflect New Tech

The Department of Homeland Security has updated the National Emergency Communications Plan to reflect planned efforts to address priorities in land mobile radio systems, broadband technologies, and coordination for emergency response and public safety programs. Bobbie Stempfley, deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity strategy and emergency communications at DHS’ National Protection and …

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Army Nat’l Guard Deploys Emergency Comm System for Interoperability

The Army National Guard is deploying the Disaster Incident Response Emergency Communications Terminal system to facilitate emergency communications interoperability among first responders with the goal to sustain Internet and phone operations during disasters. Amy Walker wrote on Sept. 29 that DIRECT comprises a Delta Package and a Joint Network Node equipped with a Satellite Transportable Terminal and …

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