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October 19, 2017 | Comments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has chosen to demonstrate how the CyberX cybersecurity platform can help accelerate adoption of behavioral anomaly detection technology.

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October 19, 2017 | Comments
Following the deadliest wildfires in California’s history this month, U.S Sens. Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein raised concerns with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai about the limitations of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system.

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October 19, 2017 | Comments
The Government of Canada, through a newly created federal Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) task team, is engaging with diverse stakeholders on implementation models for a potential PSBN.

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October 18, 2017 | Comments
Following last year’s fires fanned by hurricane-force winds that tore through popular tourist destination Gatlinburg, Tennessee, a new alerting solution is in place. The 2016 fires killed 14 people and terrified thousands of residents and Thanksgiving visitors while destroying millions of dollars in property.

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October 18, 2017 | Comments
The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) released a bulletin with information for public-safety answering points (PSAPs) about Wi-Fi vulnerabilities. The notice follows Oct. 15 social media reports indicating that disclosure of a major Wi-Fi vulnerability was forthcoming. Subsequently, security researchers, government responders and major Wi-Fi manufacturers provided a coordinated disclosure that confirmed the extent and severity of the flaw.

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October 18, 2017 | Comments
ASTRID, the nationwide operator for Belgium's emergency and security communications services, launched the next generation of its Blue Light Mobile service, which offers data services to ASTRID users.

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October 17, 2017 | Comments
Several manufacturers have taken steps to come into compliance with a Project 25 (P25) Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) encryption requirements compliance assessment bulletin (CAB) finalized in March. The CAB aims to stop the practice of manufacturers providing subscriber units with a non-P25 standard encryption without also including P25 standard Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256 encryption.

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October 17, 2017 | Comments
State officials and industry experts are questioning information included in draft spectrum manager lease agreements (SMLAs) distributed to states that requested the information from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The SMLAs include proposed termination payments in the millions — and billions in at least two instances — of dollars for some states, along with prohibiting separate core networks, adoption targets and interoperability requirements.

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October 17, 2017 | Comments
New Hampshire Gov. Christopher Sununu released an executive order establishing a First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) opt-out review committee. In a statement, the governor called for clarification of proposed fees and penalties that “appear to be arbitrary and primarily designed to deter states from opting out of FirstNet plans.”

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October 16, 2017 | Comments
The House emergency preparedness, response and communications subcommittee held a hearing titled “Assessing First Responder Communications” that touched on topics from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to T-band spectrum to the reduction in the number of statewide interoperability coordinators (SWICs).

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