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Industry Council to Host Forum on Cyber Security for Emergency Communications: Forms New Committee to Tackle Issues

Date: 2014-12-19
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The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) has announced plans to host a national forum on Cyber Security for Emergency Communications, along with the formation of its new Committee created to address these critical issues.


What:                      Forum Style National Event

When:                      Monday, March 2 - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Where:                    Crowne Plaza San Jose Silicon Valley
                                777 Bellew Drive, Milpitas, California

How:                        Convening of key public and private sector stakeholders

Notable  Participants:    TJ Kennedy, Acting General Manager, FirstNet
                                         Ed Parkinson, Dir. Government Affairs, FirstNet

iCERT will convene this event to foster examination, coordination and collaboration on matters of information and communications security related to public safety and emergency communications systems in the near term and into the future. These issues also coincide with iCERT’s establishment of its Cyber & ICT Security Committee, and the recent appointment of Intel Security’s Director of Homeland Security Programs, Pat Flynn as Chair of this vital new iCERT Committee.

“The primary function of the iCERT Cyber & ICT Security Committee is to examine issues related to the protection, stability, and authentication of public safety information and communications systems, devices, processes, programs and networks,” said Committee Chair Pat Flynn. “We look to expand the conversation already underway by hosting this event in March.”

Forum session topics will include:

  • Security Architecture Considerations for Next Generation First Responder Networks
  • Use Cases for Security Concerns: Perspectives from the First Responder Community
  • Role of National Policy in Protection of Emergency Service Networks
  • Leveraging Secure Cloud Services for First Responder Networks
  • Emergency Communications and Chip Development Requirements

Presenter list and full agenda will follow at a later date.

“There are policies and technological capacities we must consider for agencies and emergency responders who use these systems. Guidelines and processes need to be crafted, and the unique tools available to address these growing matters need to be explored and discussed,” said iCERT Chairman Darrin Reilly, Chief Operating Officer of TriTech Software Systems. “This iCERT forum will help the public safety community by fostering a distinctive dialogue on these issues.”

The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) represents the voice of the commercial sector in the emergency communications field.  The Industry Council plays an important role as the voice of companies on public policy issues impacting the emergency calling, communication and response system.  Industry Council members believe that business leaders’ expertise can assist public policymakers and government emergency communications professionals as they address complex choices regarding advanced communications technology alternatives in the years ahead.  Through advocacy, research and in coordination with the public sector, the Industry Council plays a vital role in the development and deployment of emergency response technologies.  Find out more at   

- People, Places & Things/ (via iCERT, 12/18/14)


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