Another Municipality Hit- This One May Cost $1M.

Public Safety continues to be affected by ransomware attacks. Riviera Beach, a city of 35,000 within Palm Beach County, is calling the incident an “intrusion”. The entire city is affected. Police Dispatch is down as noted in this post by our friends at SecuLore: Historically, we have seen that malware is able to move through […]

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Cyber Security Buyer – Be Aware

Unfortunately for those responsible for protecting critical infrastructure such as 9-1-1, Cybersecurity can be a very complex topic. I would like to provide part of a recent LinkedIn post by Chris Roberts :“Starting with the simple stuff: Know thyself: Why are you looking? (Proactive, Understanding or Oh-Sh*t moment) What are you looking for? (Product, partner, […]

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A New Form of TDoS

9-1-1 Centers have experienced a different version of a TDoS attack on their administrative lines. The TWIST is that when these calls are answered, you join an in-progress ‘conference call’ created by the attacker. Call takers from numerous 9-1-1 centers are all bridged together. This causes confusion and it can take a few minutes to […]

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Cyber Security – You Probably Need a Consultant

It Was Not That Long Ago.. A few years ago, Next Generation 9-1-1 became THE buzzword in Public Safety. A lot of money was spent hiring consultants to develop an RFP, support the selection process  and assist in the migration.  The money was spent, in many cases, simply because the organization did not have the required […]

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Review Your Network Traffic

I spoke last week with a colleague regarding Cyber Security. While reviewing network traffic with his security contractor, they noticed a vendor server was reaching out to known criminal (out of respect for Chris Roberts I will not use the Hac*er word) sites for Domain Name System services- DNS. These sites were located in Sweden and […]

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Securing CAD in 9-1-1 Centers

 ~Cyber Attacks and Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)~ 9-1-1 Centers (PSAPs) serve two main Public Safety functions: INBOUND– Answering a 9-1-1 call or text from the public OUTBOUND– Dispatching first responders (fire, EMS, law enforcement) In most centers, these systems exist on two separate networks. The inbound network is typically installed and maintained by the vendor […]

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