911 emergency call delivery systems are currently transforming to a next generation of call delivery technology known as Next Generation 911 (NG911). 911 emergency call systems have typically been protected from cyber-attack because 911 calls were delivered through a traditional telephone company landline system a/k/a ‘Legacy 911’ which relies on dedicated circuits and analog data exchanges. Not very hackable stuff unless you are standing next to a telephone pole. Based on this legacy environment, there has been no real cyber threat to the 911 emergency call systems in this country, until now.
With NG911, and the deployment of new systems that utilize IP networks, using real time telephony (RTT) and Session Initiated Protocol (SIP), the risks and exposure to our 911 emergency call systems grows daily and exponentially. Cybersecurity threats taken for granted in other industries that have never been considered in 911 are now a harsh reality for most 911 service providers along with the governmental agencies at the federal, state and local levels who have authority over the 911 systems. Our session will provide attendees with a high level cybersecurity context for the special application called 911.
Our session will provide an overview of the current transition underway from Legacy 911 to NG911 and discuss the vulnerabilities that 911 systems across the country will need to prepare for. We will also discuss the latest cybersecurity standards adopted specifically for the 911 industry.