The Criminals Provided the Key

Good news for the City of Riviera Beach. After paying the ransom of 65 Bitcoins, the criminals provided the City with the key to successfully decrypted the locked files. For the criminals, this was a sound business move. In the event they decide to attack other targets, their victims may be more willing to pay […]

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FirstNet Phone Service

Many people have taken advantage of a recent offering from AT&T. Sign up for FirstNet (with proper ID you can transfer your existing service) and receive a great rate that includes unlimited data. I made the switch and thought that my service (now billing directly to FirstNet) was actually on the FirstNet network. I attended […]

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Kansas- Statewide ESInet Progress

The State of Kansas continues to make great progress on their goal of creating a statewide ESInet , including NextGen Core Services. Since signing on with AT&T in April of 2017, the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council , has done a great job of connecting counties to the network. Unfortunately, the majority of states have not […]

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60 Minutes and 9-1-1

You may have watched the interview last night on 60 Minutes. The former head of the FBI Cyber Crime Unit, Mike Christman, was interviewed on the topic of Ransomware. Scott Pelley made the statement “you’re waiting for the day that somebody says we have the 9-1-1 system of a major city held hostage and we […]

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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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