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SAFECOM, NCSWIC, and FPIC Release Encryption Key Management Fact Sheet

Author: Jim Downes, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Section Chief

Public safety voice communications are continually at risk of being intercepted by unauthorized personnel. Vulnerability to radio transmissions can jeopardize tactical operations, put law enforcement officers and other responders at risk, and compromise personal identifiable information (PII). When public safety agencies make the decision to encrypt any or all transmissions, effective encryption key management is of paramount importance.

CISA at 2019 APCO: Day 2

APCO 2019, APCO International’s Annual Conference and Expo, is the premier event for public safety communications officials, from frontline telecommunicators to communications center managers to public safety communications equipment and services vendors.

CISA at IWCE 2019: Day Two

Highlights from Day Two at IWCE include “Emergency Communications is Undergoing Unprecedented Change… Is Your State Ready?”; Protections, Capabilities, and Real-World Deployments of Encryption Protocols:; and “Interoperability: ISSI, CSSI, DFSI”.Highlights from Day Two at IWCE include “Emergency Communications is Undergoing Unprecedented Change… Is Your State Ready?”; Protections, Capabilities, and Real-World Deployments of Encryption Protocols:; and “Interoperability: ISSI, CSSI, DFSI”.

FPIC Releases Encryption Documents

Encryption is a complex topic that has generated much discussion in the public safety community.  While encryption is critical to certain public safety disciplines and missions, it can also increase the system cost, and impact interoperability and public safety operations. Public safety agencies must determine what type of information should be encrypted and the method of encryption; recognizing that not all public safety communications need to be encrypted. Complicating matters further, encryption algorithms and methods vary and do not always comply with Project 25 (P25) standards. Proprietary non-standards based encryption poses a serious threat to interoperability.

Encryption

Technology is a critical tool for improving interoperability that should meet the needs of practitioners on the front lines and should address regional needs, existing infrastructure, cost versus benefits, and sustainability.

LMR and Broadband Evolution

Technology is a critical tool for improving interoperability that should meet the needs of practitioners on the front lines and should address regional needs, existing infrastructure, cost versus benefits, and sustainability. The resources below provide Land Mobile Radio and Broadband examples of the technology currently used in the public safety environment.