Answering The Call For Solutions To 911 TDoS Attacks

September 16, 2016

Industry observers are still dialing for dollars when it comes to ideas for how to mitigate the risk, or even the impact, of a potential telephony denial-of-service (TDoS) attack on the 911 emergency services system.

The nation’s roughly 7,000 emergency services call centers are not only widely distributed across the vast United States, and varying in their technological sophistication and size, but many are already stretched to breaking under the weight of their normal, legitimate call volume, according to Mordechai Guri, head of research and development at Ben-Gurion University’s Cyber Security Center. Across the country, people make more than 240 million 911 calls every year to emergency call centers. And seven out of 10 of those calls originate from mobile phones, which can be hijacked for a TDoS attack...