Emergency Communications

NCSWIC Releases Strategic Plan and Implementation Guide for 2020

Author: Brad Stoddard, NCSWIC Vice Chair, NCSWIC Governance Committee Chair, Michigan SWIC

The National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) is pleased to announce the release of its Strategic Plan and Implementation Guide for 2020. The plan is a critical mid-range (three-year) tool to help NCSWIC and its partners prioritize resources, strengthen governance, identify future investments, and address interoperability gaps.

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 Releases Cyber Risks to 911: TDoS Fact Sheet

Telephony denial of service attacks (TDoS) present a unique risk to public safety communications stakeholders, including Emergency Communications Centers (ECC), Publics Safety Answering Points (PSAP), and other 911 dispatch centers. TDoS events overload communications network elements with telephone calls—disrupting a jurisdiction’s ability to provide emergency response services.

CISA Publishes Guidelines for 911 Centers Regarding Pandemic

911 centers, including emergency communication centers (ECC), public safety answering points (PSAP), emergency operations centers (EOC), public safety communication centers (PSCC), and other public service command centers are a critical component of emergency communications, and they face a unique set of challenges when planning for, and responding to, pandemics.