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Securing NG-911

Sridhar Kowdley  (Program Manager, DHS S&T)

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

Randall Sandone  (Executive Director, Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute)

Location: W231

Date: Monday, September 27

Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Track: 911 & Emergency Communications

Format: 60-Minute Conference Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All Audiences

The Department of Homeland Security in collaboration with DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Department of Transportation are funding research projects to help secure Next Generation 911. This session will highlight a variety of related but independent research efforts that are aimed at securing NG 911 for public safety. Through partnerships with small business one effort is working towards the development of a software tool suite for holistic cyber risk management of NG911 systems, including dynamic network models and advanced analytics. In addition, we are working towards the development of a modeling tool that will help 911 decision makers plan mitigations for Telephony Denial of Service (TDoS) attacks and support awareness and education demonstrations, network planning through use of "what if" scenarios, and active training of Public Safety Answering Points call takers. Still another effort will use predictive analytics and collect cyber data to determine whether these resources can be used to improve the detection and elimination of cybersecurity attacks against emergency communications systems. There are a also a series of planned pilots with public safety agencies what the panel hopes to share lessons learned. The panel will also discuss what R&D gaps remain in the NG911 space.