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Infographic: You've Been Hacked

Are you ready to respond to a cyberattack?  They are likely to happen and your response plan will have direct bearing on your ability to mitigate such attacks, and on your cybersecurity posture as a whole.

Infographic: Cloud Factors to Consider

Benefits gained from a cloud-based solution are considerable compared with traditional implementations methods. Not only are more state and federal public safety agencies moving the cloud, but cloud-based solutions also are being leveraged by mission-critical entities such as the

Whitepaper: Proactively Managing Risks Using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

The risks that come with cybersecurity are often overwhelming for many organizations, and building a robust mitigation program is a complex undertaking.

There are a number of cybersecurity standards and frameworks available that provide business leaders and IT professionals with a set of measures, best practices, and tactics to foster effective cyber protection and address cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Some examples include the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the Information Technology Library (ITIL.) In this whitepaper, we explore the NIST Framework, discuss its key elements, and highlight several best practices. 

Infographic: Introduction to Cloud Deployments for Public Safety and Justice Agencies

Cloud-based solutions offer some impressive benefits. Numerous innovations are being offered to enhance public safety and justice agency operations. Some agencies, however, may feel hesitant to adopt these due to a lack of familiarity. In this infographic, we introduce the varying types of cloud environments available today and explore the considerations associated with model.

Client Success Story: Tennessee Emergency Communications Board

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 communications 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. 

Current and Future State of Cybersecurity in Public Safety Panel Discussion

In this on-demand webinar from Mission Critical Partners' virtual Conference for Advancing Public Safety hosted in June, hear from government leaders who have lived through an attack, as well as from public safety agency leaders who are taking aggressive steps to prevent attacks during an engaging panel discussion moderated by Glenn Bischoff.

Use the form below to download the on-demand webinar.

On-Demand Webinar: How to Prioritize Your Cyberrisk Prevention Efforts During COVID-19

The number of cybersecurity offerings available for government agencies to implement are increasing in quantity and complexity. Many of the solutions available in today’s market come with a considerable price tag. Prevention solutions range from password policies, centralized ID management, multi-factor authentication, penetration testing, and more. During this webinar, we’ll outline some of the tools, utilities and service you should consider deploying, especially during a time such as COVID-19 where security is more vulnerable.

On-Demand Webinar: The 10 Trends That Will Impact Public Safety

As we enter a new decade of public safety, what trends will shape the next ten years of public safety communications, and the year ahead? In our first webinar of 2020 we highlighted emerging technologies and trends to help public safety leaders make more informed decisions for this year and beyond. These industry trends cannot be ignored. 

The Prescription for Thwarting Public Safety Cyberattacks

In Summary:

  • The FBI advises that it is no longer a question of if, but rather when, any individual public safety communications network is going to be attacked.
  • There is a lot that public safety agencies can do on their own to increase the difficulty of hacking their networks and lessening the effects of cyberattacks.
  • This whitepaper outlines a six-step treatment regimen, and discusses continuity-of-operations and disaster recovery.

A lot can go wrong with public safety communications networks from a cybersecurity perspective. 

A Blueprint to Help Public Safety Organizations Understand Their Environments

 In Summary:

  • For public safety officials, the task of monitoring and assessing the myriad technological and operational factors that determine the center's success or failure is a big, complicated and time-consuming job.

  • Leaders need help understanding where their centers stand regarding factors such as cybersecurity, IT and networks, next generation 911 (NG911), staffing, and more.

  • MCP's Model for Advancing Public SafetySM, also known as MAPSSM, is a proprietary assessment program that helps assess a program against standards, best practices, and the collective knowledge of MCP's 115+ specialized public safety professionals.


On-Demand Webinar: The Top Strategic Public Safety Trends for 2019

There are several significant, disruptive technology and operations trends that Mission Critical Partners feels will set the stage for the future of public safety over the next three to five years. Public safety agencies must understand these trends, begin preparing for them now, and understand how to adjust their operations in order to adapt. They are trends that cannot afford to ignored.

Next Generation 911: A New World for PSAP Network Maintenance

 In Summary:

  • Next Generation 911 will improve emergency response dramatically, but will bring challenges that require new approaches and skill sets.

  • Network and systems management will become considerably more complicated after an NG911 system has been implemented.

  • Many PSAPs lack the IT expertise to adequately monitor and protect and NG911 system.