DHS, NHTSA Release NG 911 Primer

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National 911 Program have released a primer on cybersecurity for next-generation 911 (NG-911) systems. “The Primer is an introduction to improving the cybersecurity posture of NG911 systems nationwide and provides an overview of the cyber risks that will be faced by NG911 systems,” according to OEC. “It is intended to serve only as an informational tool for system administrators to better understand the full scope and range of potential risks, as well as recommend mitigations to these risks.  The Primer highlights the value of a risk assessment to identify, evaluate and prioritize system risks. This is a shift in our original intent to conduct a risk assessment of NG911 systems.  As we met with stakeholders, it became evident that more education on and adoption of fundamental security practices was necessary before outlining very specific and detailed risks. Additionally, DHS OEC partnered with the FCC Taskforce for Optimal PSAP Architecture (TFOPA) to ensure that the document is aligned to current network security initiatives and informs further architecture transition efforts.”

Improving the Cybersecurity Posture of NG911 Systems