PSHSB Issues Advisory Urging EAS Participants to Secure Their Equipment

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The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has issued a Public Notice advising communications providers participating in the Emergency Alert System to take immediate steps to secure their EAS equipment against risks impacting devices that are publicly accessible from the internet. 

This follows an August 1 advisory from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on potential vulnerabilities in certain EAS encoder/decoder devices that have not been updated to the most recent software versions.  Regardless of the make and model of EAS equipment, the Bureau requests that EAS participants upgrade their equipment software and firmware to the most recent version recommended by the manufacturer and secure their equipment behind a properly configured firewall.

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