The Mission-Critical Resource Center

On-Demand Webinar: A Panel Discussion on 911 Crisis Preparedness Planning

In this on-demand session, MCP and regional and state-level 911 directors to learn best practices for mitigating major 911 service interruptions, including:

  • Continuity-of-operations planning (COOP) at state and regional levels
  • The importance of a crisis preparedness plan
  • The use of tabletop exercises to assess the organization’s preparedness
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On-Demand Webinar: The Biggest Public Safety Trends That Will Impact Public Safety in 2021

The year 2020 was fraught with challenges and their effects will be long-lasting. Now, 2021 has arrived with a “new normal,” but also with tremendous opportunities to improve emergency response. In this on-demand webinar, we highlight the trends that we predict will shape the new normal and public safety’s future.

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Topics: On-Demand Webinars, 911 and Emergency Communications Centers

Posted on February 10, 2021

MCP Helps TECB Address Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities at Emergency Communications Districts Across Tennessee

In Summary

  • The Tennessee Emergency Communications Board (TECB) provides management and operations support to Tennessee's 100 emergency communications districts (ECDs), which in turn provide emergency communciations services to the state's citizens and visitors via 119 primary and 24 secondary or backup emergency communications centers.
  • Because of cybersecurity threats, the TECB decided that it needed a baseline security and cybersecurity assessment of Tennessee's 911 environment, and the Board partnered with Mission Critical Partners to conduct the assessment.
  • As part of the project, each ECC received a report that identified and prioritized the risks associated with its unique 911 network and system environment, as well as strategies and tactics that each ECC could use to improve its physical security and cybersecurity posture.

Background

The TECB is transitioning to a statewide emergency services Internet Protocol (IP) network (ESInet) that will provide the transport architecture necessary to deliver 911 calls to Next Generation 911 (NG911)-compliant ECCs. NG911 is an advanced broadband communications system that enables the transmission of real-time text, images and video, in addition to voice, to help improve emergency response. 

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Episode 4: Solid Governance Strategies that Deliver Results

MCP's informational podcast series features the firm’s subject-matter experts and other industry leaders exploring a wide range of timely topics pertaining to mission-critical communications.

The fourth episode on the MCP Podcast Network is entitled “Solid Governance Strategies that Deliver Results.” This episode explores best practices for a solid governance strategy.

An edited transcript is available below.

Panelists include:

  • Nancy Pollock, MCP senior consultant, applies her in-depth knowledge of public-safety communications, legislative, governance, policy, operations, and technology developed over her 35-year career to client engagements.
  • Karyn Henry, J.D., an MCP communications consultant that brings years of wireless and telecommunications group leadership towards legal and regulatory initiatives. She brings policies and procedures expertise to MCP projects to develop for innovative solutions.
  • The episode is moderated by Glenn Bischoff, MCP content specialist and former editor of Urgent Communications and Fire Chief magazines.
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The Lean ECC: A Way to Make ECCs Better at What They Do

In Summary:

  • The emergency communications landscape is changing rapidly and emergency communications centers (ECCs) have adapted the way that they handle 911 calls and support emergency responders
  • Today, technology and science play a much larger role in the way ECCs operate — resulting in new approaches that are not only effective, but repeatable and scalable
  • One such approach, known as the lean ECC, focuses on removing extraneous steps in a center's workflows to help meet national standards 
  • This does not mean reducing staff — rather, this approach leverages an ECCs existing resources more efficiently to enhance the quantity and quality of what is being accomplished

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