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Got Comms? Implementing Resilient Communications for Your Agency

Sridhar Kowdley  (Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security)

Don Bowers  (Telecommunications Specialist, DHS Cybersecurity and Information Security Agency)

Wynn Brannin  (New Mexico Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management)

Jim Fisher  (Technical Communications Manager, Pima County Office of Emergency Management)

Red Grasso  (Director, North Carolina Department of Information Technology, FirstTech Program)

Location: N257

Date: Thursday, March 30

Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Pass Type: All Access, Standard, Quick Pass Thursday

Track: System Resiliency, Cybersecurity

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Reliable communications are a lifeline, so what happens when they are taken away? When a network becomes unavailable due to natural disasters or radio frequency interference—whether intentional illegal jamming or accidental—it puts emergency responders and communities they protect at risk. To address these gaps, DHS's Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have developed a new Resilient Communications Training for technical and operational personnel.

During this session, S&T, CISA, and public safety partners will share:
- Real-world jamming and interference examples;
- Best practices to help your agency recognize, respond to, report, and resolve communications interruptions, including jamming;
- Lessons learned on which technologies could help your agency identify, locate, and mitigate illegal jamming;
- A preview of the CISA Resilient Communications training program, which includes a COM-L/COM-T level practitioner course and an awareness-level course for responders without specialized communications training; and
- Information on how to access the new training and additional resources to increase your agency's communications resilience.

Are you ready to become resilient?