|As Texas’ chief information security officer (CISO), with the full weight of the state’s IT apparatus at his disposal, Edward Block has a limited range of vision when it comes to cybersecurity.
“We don’t see everything that is out there. We see a lot of stuff, and we tend to see things pretty early in their evolution. But we don’t see everything. So collaboration is really critical,” he said. To succeed in cyber, the state’s 160 distinct agencies have to pool their resources. “The bad actors out there are happy to share information with each other all day long. If we don’t do the same, we are letting them have a distinct advantage.”
The 911 National Emergency Address Database LLC, an independent entity established by CTIA, announced a major step toward helping first responders locate wireless 9-1-1 callers more accurately indoors by selecting West’s Safety Services to develop and operate the NEAD Platform. “The NEAD is a critical element of the wireless industry’s efforts to enhance our country’s emergency 9-1-1 services,” said CTIA Senior Vice President Thomas Sawanobori. “Our partnerships with West and ATIS to operate the NEAD will enable wireless carriers to provide 9-1-1 call centers and first responders with dispatchable location information that will help save lives while reflecting Americans’ preference for wireless capabilities.”
The FCC activated the Disaster Information Reporting System in response to Hurricane Matthew. DIRS is a voluntary, web-based system that communications providers, including wireless, wireline, broadcast, cable and VoIP providers, can use to report communications infrastructure status and situational awareness information during times of crisis.
The Department of Justice announced awards totaling more than $20 million to 106 state, city, tribal and municipal law-enforcement agencies to establish and enhance law enforcement body-worn camera programs across the United States. 2016 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program, will help law-enforcement organizations implement body-worn camera policies, practices and evaluation methods to make a positive impact on the quality of policing in individual communities. Under the grant announcement, BJA awarded more than $16 million to state, local and tribal agencies, as well as a $3 million supplemental award to continue support for body-worn camera training and technical assistance.