OEC Outreach Clips: FCC Cracks Down on Part 22 Construction Requirements, Source Mission Critical Communications

Last week, the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) issued an order denying requests to extend the construction deadlines for certain Part 22 paging licenses held by Intelligent Transportation & Monitoring Wireless, Skybridge Spectrum Foundation and V2G — licenses previously controlled by Warren Havens. In doing so, the FCC ruled that the licensees had not met their construction obligations and terminated the licenses as of the construction deadline, Nov. 3, 2015. The decision was notable in that it impacted more than 2,100 licenses held by the three licensees. FCC Cracks Down on Part 22 Construction Requirements

OEC Outreach Clips: Alabama delays timeline for statewide public-safety LTE procurement until after national FirstNet announcement, Source Urgent Communications

State of Alabama officials have decided to extend the deadline for vendors to submit proposals to build a statewide public-safety LTE radio access network (RAN) that would be integrated with the national FirstNet system, if the governor chooses to pursue the opt-out alternative to FirstNet deploying the system within the state’s borders. The new submission deadline is 15 business days after the announcement of the FirstNet nationwide award. Alabama delays timeline for statewide public-safety LTE procurement until after national FirstNet announcement


Please see the following NCCIC/NCC Watch Request for Information (RFI) 027 for the recent TDoS attack on PSAPS in multiple states. RFI Time: 12:30 p.m. EDT

INFORMATION REQUESTED: The NCCIC/NCC Watch is requesting any known information associated with the recent TDoS attack against PSAPS in multiple states.  The TDoS against the PSAPs was distributed/propagated through a Twitter mobile application. Once the users clicked on the link in the Twitter application the phone would initiate a E9-1-1 call to their local PSAP.

The NCCIC/NCC Watch will follow up on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. EDT with an NCCIC/NCC Watch Advisory summarizing all reported feedback.

INCIDENT LOCATION: Known impacted PSAPs in Texas and California. We suspect this could have impacted PSAPs across the nation.

KNOWN CAUSE(S): Man-made

DURATION: Approximately 10:00 p.m. on October 25, 2016 – 2:00 a.m. on October 26, 2016 local incident time.

CURRENT ACTIONS: The NCC Watch will continue to monitor the situation for impact(s) to communications infrastructure and services.

National Coordinating Center for Communications – COMM-ISAC National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center Department of Homeland Security Work: COMM/STE: (703) 235-5080 Fax: (703) 235-5078 ncc@hq.dhs.gov


OEC Outreach Clips: Homeland Security making progress hiring cyber talent, Source Federal Times

The Department of Homeland Security is reporting positive results from its first-ever DHS Cyber and Tech Job Fair, which was held July 27-28 in Washington, D.C.  The DHS event saw 14,000 applicants, 2,500 walk-in candidates, 842 on-site interviews, 400 prospective job offers and 120 new employees within 60 days, according to a statement by Secretary Jeh Johnson as part of October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month celebrations.    “We thank Congress for new legal authorities in support of our cyber recruitment and retention efforts,” Johnson said. “The department is maximizing its use of these authorities to build our cyber workforce. We also thank the Office of Personnel Management for granting DHS the authority to hire 1,000 cyber professionals this calendar year.” Homeland Security making progress hiring cyber talent

OEC Outreach Clips: A massive cyberattack blocked your favorite websites; FBI and Homeland Security are investigating, Source Los Angeles Times – CA

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are investigating a massive cyberattack that stopped or slowed access to Twitter, Spotify, Amazon and other sites Friday by targeting a firm responsible for routing Internet traffic their way.  Dyn, a New Hampshire Internet services company, reported around 4 a.m. PDT that a large-scale attack temporarily overwhelmed its servers. By 6:30 a.m., the company said, service was back to normal, but around 9 a.m., Dyn again said it was under attack. Just before 11 a.m., Dyn said it was investigating “several attacks,” which were “resolved” around 3 p.m. Pacific time.  Dyn links Web addresses to specific numeric codes, called IP addresses, that computers use to communicate with each other. Because so many companies rely on Dyn as a go-between, the effect was widespread. A massive cyberattack blocked your favorite websites; FBI and Homeland Security are investigating

OEC Outreach Clips: Inside look: Fire, emergency responders test FirstNet, Source Fire Chief – OH

Public safety providers in central Ohio had the chance to experience the future of broadband for managing emergency incidents.  Using a dedicated public safety 700 MHz LTE broadband network — FirstNet — constructed exclusively for this event, public safety personnel from fire, law enforcement, EMS, public safety telecommunications and other agencies came together to learn what a dedicated high-speed data will mean for public safety agencies in the United States. Inside look: Fire, emergency responders test FirstNet

OEC Outreach Clips: What the elimination of pdvWireless may indicate about the timing of the overall FirstNet project, Source Urgent Communications

Believe it or not, we are just 12 days from Nov. 1, the target date that FirstNet officials established to announce which bidding team will be named as the contractor to build, maintain and upgrade the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) for the next 25 years.  What will we learn at the time of the announcement? Aside from the identity of the winning contractor team, no other information has been confirmed.  In addition, the Nov. 1 date is not set in stone—FirstNet officials have always acknowledged the possibility that the announcement timing could be later than Nov. 1, depending on circumstances surrounding the request-for-proposals (RFP) process. More recent public statements by FirstNet officials have indicated that the announcement could happen in the November timeframe. What the elimination of pdvWireless may indicate about the timing of the overall FirstNet project