Monday, March 27, 2017

Attacks, crashes underscore need for new 911 systems -- GCN

Most of these crashes and problems are more growing pains that attacks, but the attackers are starting to target the 911 systems of communities and even states around the US, and to some extent overseas. There have been some very good nationwide studies of how this problem can be addressed, but since a good number of systems are still within their 5 year roll out and planning cycle, they just do not have the available funds to address the problem. Many experts I am talking to are just waiting for real cyber attacks to start. The firms that developed these 911 systems are often not equipped to patch software quickly, and know that the systems will fail. It is a vulnerability that needs to be addressed now, remember it is not just police, but fire and EMS services that will be affected.
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