TDoS

This past week I was in Miami at the local FBI Field Office discussing the ongoing TDoS attacks. Ray Young, from the FBI office in Baltimore, is the lead agent. He requested that any PSAP experiencing attacks against their administrative lines please contact him: Ray Young – lryoung@fbi.gov (410) 277-6235 In addition to calling PSAPs […]

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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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Here Comes the Cloud..

The recent release of the document “Recommended Best Practices for Supplemental 9-1-1 Location Data” by NENA, NASNA and iCert formally legitimizes the concept of having an additional data repository that can exist in the ‘cloud’ (the green oval in the diagram below), outside of the NextGen Core Services model. RapidSoS was the first company to […]

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What The Public Wants

Public Safety An individual that calls 9-1-1 has two basic expectations: My  call will be answered by the correct 9-1-1 center The person answering my 9-1-1 call will know my location BUT: We need to route wireless 9-1-1 calls by the location of the CALLER, not the location of the CELL TOWER they are connected […]

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Accurate 9-1-1 Caller Location: Coming to a Screen Near You

The CTIA Announcement on September 5th represents a major milestone in 9-1-1 caller location accuracy and fantastic news for our nations over 6,000 9-1-1 centers: Eases integration for 9-1-1 emergency call centers “The adoption of Device Based Hybrid  solutions for wireless 9-1-1 calls will not require Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) to install new equipment […]

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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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