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Cyber Resiliency for Public Safety Networks

David Nolan  (Branch Chief, Advanced Interoperable Technology Branch, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency)

Sridhar Kowdley  (Program Manager,, Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate)

Todd Early  (Assistant Chief of Enterprise Services, Infrastructure Operations Division, Department of Public Safety)

Mark Hogan  (Director of Asset Management, City of Tulsa)

Robert Rhoads  (Associate Director, Emergency Communications Division Nationwide Governance, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency)

Location: W232

Date: Thursday, September 30

Time: 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Track: Smart Cities & Critical Infrastructure sponsored by Wi-Fiber, Disaster Comms sponsored by Plum Case

Format: 75-Minute Short Course

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All Audiences

Public safety partners are a prime target for malicious cyber activity; any service disruptions directly and negatively impact the communities they support. The continued evolution of communications technologies and increasing sophistication of cyber threats underscore the need for public safety organizations to take proactive measures to carefully manage their cybersecurity risks. Join the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and SAFECOM subject matter experts as they discuss the cybersecurity drivers unique to public safety, risks from dependencies on non-agency owned infrastructure, and hazards from threats such as ransomware, telephony denial of service, and radio frequency interference. Panelists will review new best practices, resources, and tools for public safety partners to improve the cyber resiliency of communications systems. In addition, panelists will highlight the upcoming First Responder Electronic Jamming Exercise (JamEx) 2021, a hands-on learning experience for participants to identify the impact of interference on critical communications systems and explore mitigation best practices with their peers.