The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has partnered with security firm SecureLogix to develop technology to defend against telephony denial-of-service attacks, which remain a significant threat to emergency call centers, banks, schools and hospitals.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program has awarded $1.3 million to 12 small businesses for 13 Phase I contract awards to develop technology solutions to Homeland Security challenges.
Faced with national 911 systems deemed increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack, Sens. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., will introduce a bill within the next few weeks to federally fund and hasten the national transition to next generation 911 (NG911) systems.
Similar to DDoS attacks, telephony denial-of-service attacks – where bad actors flood the system with illegitimate calls to knock out access to emergency services or other critical communication -- are reportedly on the rise.
In February 2016, the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate Cyber Security Division (CSD) hosted its R&D Showcase and Technical Workshop. The event featured innovative CSD technologies that address current and complex cybersecurity challenges. In this video, showcase presenter Mark Collier of SecureLogix discusses protecting emergency services from complex distributed telephone denial of service attacks.