Hackers and cybercriminals are increasingly targeting emergency response networks throughout the country. According to reports, more than 40 attacks in the last three years have targeted 911 dispatch centers. However, these attacks could increase as traditional 911 networks transition to NextGen 911, which enables receipt of video, text, and other data from the public over various computer networks.
Security risks include denial of service attacks, malware, ransomware, and spoofing that can overrun the infrastructure. By focusing on securing MSRP messages, agencies can make their systems more secure and reduce the likelihood that a denial of service, malware, or other cyberattacks occurs. Cybersecurity is essential to public safety, and institutions should seek the help of a security-focused technology provider.