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FCC Will Spotlight Emergency Alert Security

On Oct. 30 it will hold a roundtable with CISA in Washington

The cybersecurity of public alert and warning systems in the United States will be the topic of a public roundtable in Washington on Oct. 30.

It will be hosted by the Federal Communications Commission and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

“The agencies will convene Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alert stakeholders to discuss topics including cybersecurity risk management and incident reporting for alerting,” according to the FCC announcement.

“Last October, the commission proposed rules to protect against cyberattacks of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts. The roundtable will build upon the record in that proceeding.”

Event information can be found here. The public can attend in person or watch online with advance registration.

The commission noted that it has recently taken several steps to improve the reliability and accessibility of Emergency Alert System messages and Wireless Emergency Alerts. It also partnered with FEMA on the seventh nationwide test of EAS and the third nationwide test of WEA.

The commission is scheduled to vote this month on rules to make WEA alerts available in more languages, including American Sign Language, among other changes.

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