9-1-1 call networks form the foundation of emergency communications infrastructure. However, a lack of funding and taking such networks for granted has led to a gradual yet predictable outdating of this critical infrastructure. Fortunately, recent efforts have acknowledged as such, and dedicated public safety officials have worked to update 9-1-1 systems to Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1).
NG9-1-1 is an IP-based network with 21stcentury technology capable of handling increased call volume, more resilient networks, and providing significantly more data to first responders, among litany of other advancements. With this much needed advancement comes the responsibilities of ensuring a secure network. Although NG9-1-1 is a more secure network, what is to stop 9-1-1 networks from falling into the same underfunded situation as before? And more broadly, how can the U.S. government ensure a secure operating environment among a diverse range of stakeholders? In this article, we will analyze government cybersecurity funding and consolidation efforts, and look for a security first perspective to form the basis of NG9-1-1 cybersecurity.
Andrew Jackson Coley,
NG9-1-1, Cybersecurity, and Contributions to the Model Framework for a Secure National Infrastructure,
Cath. U. J. L. & Tech
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