MACo: Bolster Cybersecurity Protections for 9-1-1 Centers

MACo Legislative Director Kevin Kinnally today submitted written testimony in support of SB 101 Criminal Law – Public Safety – Interference With Agencies and Services – Prohibitions.

This bill aims to update State laws to protect against telephone misuse and sophisticated cyber-attacks that pose a significant threat to the security and stability of Maryland’s 9-1-1 system.

From the MACo Testimony:

In 2019, the General Assembly passed Carl Henn’s Law, landmark legislation to update state laws and the 9-1-1 financing system to provide the flexibility and resources needed for the deployment of a statewide Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) system that our residents expect and deserve. As Maryland accelerates its move toward NG911, proper safeguards are necessary to protect against new and evolving cyber threats, including denial-of-service attacks and intrusions by malicious hackers.

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