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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

On-Demand Webinar: How to Navigate Today’s Unprecedented Rural Broadband Opportunity

Strengthening statewide connectivity and implementing rural broadband expansion is a top priority of state and local government leaders. It is also a national priority at the federal level—American Rescue Plan funding will enable rural broadband to advance in a way that would never have been able to be achieved previously. Join MCP's industry thought leader, Scott Neal, as he explains the many uses of broadband, its speed thresholds, the rural issues that may come about, and how to create a plan designed specifically to meet your broadband needs. In this on demand webinar, Mission Critical Partners explores:

  • Understand if your community has unmet needs pertaining to the availability of sufficient broadband internet
  • Build a strategy to engage with broadband vendors and sample funding structures
  • Manage vendor assessment and implementation
  • Grant programs available and how to position your project for funding

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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.

How Licensees Can Protect Themselves When Unlicensed Users Enter the 6 GHz Band

In Summary: 

  • Last year, the Federal Communications Commission issued an order that enables unlicensed devices to share 1,200 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum in the 6 gigahertz (GHz) band. This whitepaper explores the potential impacts on public safety agencies and strategies for mitigating them.
  • “Interference is going to happen,” says Mark Gibson, director of business development and regulatory policy for Comsearch. “The question is, what is going to be done about it?”
  • The path an agency uses can take two very different tasks, and each has its unique advantages and disadvantages. The path an agency chooses will depend heavily on its financial and IT resources, whether it can be coalesce regional support, and the level of commitment it can and is willing to lend to the project.

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MCP Provides Expertise to Lubbock, TX ECD

Today the district has a new emergency services Internet Protocol network (ESInet), new hosted 911 call-routing and call-handling capabilities, and more.

Episode 5: Alert and Warning Systems: A Primer

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 fifth episode on the MCP Podcast Network is entitled “Alert and Warning Systems: A Primer.” This episode explores the varying types of alert and warning systems available in today's market, as well as:

  • The most important factors agencies should consider when deploying a system
  • Red flags to be aware of when implementing a new system
  • FEMA's IPAWS system and how agencies can implement it
  • The pros and cons of onsite versus on-premises solutions
  • The most common mistakes agencies make when implementing an alert and warning system

An edited transcript is available below.

Vendor Roundtable: How Does the FCC’s 6 GHz Ruling Impact Public Safety Communications?

In this on-demand webinar from Mission Critical Partners' virtual Conference for Advancing Public Safety hosted in June, hear from members of the microwave vendor community as they share their thoughts on the future of public safety microwave systems in light of the FCC’s recent 6 GHz ruling.

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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. 

On-Demand Webinar: How to Prepare for Florida House Bill 441

On July 1, new legislation went into effect in the state of Florida that has major implications for public safety agencies. The legislation — HB 441 — introduces stringent requirements for public safety answering points (PSAPs) relating to radio and E911 communications.

The Uses Continue to Emerge: Public Safety Drones and Considerations

In Summary:

  • Public safety agencies are adopting drones at increasing rates to enhance emergency response operations.
  • However, many public safety agencies run into roadblocks in leveraging this technology because public safety use cases generally are not considered in most state legislatures.
  • This whitepaper discusses what agencies should consider as they stand up their drone programs.

In this whitepaper we explore the uses cases, the potential legal impacts of using drones, and the options public safety agencies should consider when implementing a drones program.