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Operations Security and Encryption: Emerging Trends and Current Deployments

Joshua Black  (Information Security Manager, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency)

Alan Massie  (Electronics Engineer, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Operational Technology Division, Field Operations)

Stuart Sanz  (Interoperable Communications Manager, Arlington County Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management)

Cindy Cast  (Radio Systems Manager in the Information Technology Service Department, Radio Communication Services Division of Miami-Dade County, Miami Dade County)

Date: Thursday, September 30

Time: 2:30pm - 3:45pm

Track: 911 & Emergency Communications

Format: 75-Minute Short Course

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All Audiences

Operations Security (OPSEC) is the protection of critical information deemed mission essential. OPSEC failures can result in unauthorized persons accessing sensitive information, leading to mission failure or the injury or death of operations personnel or the citizens they serve. Public safety agencies commonly implement many policies and procedures related to these processes to protect sensitive information. Communications Security (COMSEC) is a component of OPSEC that protects public safety wired and wireless transmissions from unauthorized access. When public safety transmissions include sensitive information related to tactical or investigative law enforcement operations, patient health, or logistics among agencies responding to incidents and disasters, the information may present a vulnerability if not protected. COMSEC provides the necessary structure of protections, ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of critical and sensitive communications. One of those protections is encryption.
This round-table session will allow participants to learn about the protections afforded, capabilities of, and examples of real-world working deployments of encryption protocols in P25 and mixed system radio environments. The round-table members will discuss different COMSEC and encryption protocols, as well as the how those protocols are used first hand in the public safety community. Attendees will gain valuable.