It’s not often that any one of us needs to dial 911, but we know how important it is for it to work when one needs it. It is critical that 911 services always be available -- both for the practicality of responding to emergencies and to give people peace of mind.
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.
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.
Emergency services providers got a wake-up call late last week when a study from a top overseas university revealed how easy it would be for bad actors to overload and disable infrastructure for the 911 emergency service in the United States, prompting concern from the industry.