Today we finalized a two-year agreement to work with Securelogix on a pilot to research Telephony Denial of Service (TDoS). The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate is funding the pilot.
The article below provides a good overview:
Securelogix will install equipment at our two core node locations, initially to collect call data. Here in Palm Beach County, we have a backup PSAP that will be used for testing purposes in the future as the pilot project evolves.
Attacks on our national 9-1-1 infrastructure are incredibly serious- overwhelming the system with ‘fake calls’ can prevent a legitimate call from being answered and dispatched.
Today there is no easy answer on how to address an active TDoS attack. We are hopeful that this project will produce useful data to formulate a response that can benefit the entire 9-1-1 community.