Traffic accidents, natural disasters, public gatherings — these are all common events managed by first responders who count on secure communications to accomplish their job safely and effectively. And these are all situations in which a private network could help ensure that sensitive data is transmitted securely.
Secure communications cannot be taken for granted. Since 2017, attacks on government communications, through targeted intrusion, fraud or damage by malicious cyber actors rose an average of almost 50%2, according to a report by cybersecurity firm BlueVoyant. That amount likely accounts for only a fraction of the real number, report authors warned.
In addition, local governments are more likely to be targeted by ransomware attacks than any other type of organization, according to a new study by Barracuda Networks, which looked at 71 global ransomware incidents over the last 12 months.3
To combat cyberattacks, many government agencies are investing in encrypted security measures. Available through cellular providers virtual private networks help ensure that sensitive data is safely transmitted to prevent unauthorized eavesdropping and cyberattacks.
Here’s how. Private networks route traffic from wireless devices through a secure, dedicated tunnel. This provides emergency teams, for example, with access to remote and mobile assets without making voice and data messaging visible on the public internet. Your wireless devices are a part of your organization’s network, and you control how they can be accessed.
For example, the equipment in your patrol cars and the smart devices your officers carry each rely on advanced 4G and 5G networks to send and receive sensitive information. As data is transferred, a VPN blocks connection to external networks that can leave your data vulnerable, thus keeping it safe from cyber hackers who prey on unprotected networks and data.
In addition, a first responder can count on data priority through their private network to access real-time route management and communication when rushing to an emergency. Once on the scene, EMTs can establish secure, hi-speed transmission to the hospital to provide patient vitals.
A private network can also help minimize data breaches that expose names, dates of birth, email addresses and passwords of thousands of employees and applicants. In the hands of cyberhackers, officer and civilian safety could be at risk. As more information is collected, and hackers find new ways to use stolen data, departments are at greater risk for similar cyber threats.
To implement your private network, look for a cellular provider that offers your organization these hallmarks:
With so many facets of communication riding on your decision, choosing the right solutions isn’t just important, it’s critical. The keys to finding the right technology are straightforward:
Your cellular partner will ease this process by working with you to understand your requirements.
UScellularTM creates public safety network solutions that first responder agencies rely on to securely serve their communities. From private networks, data priority and preemption, to rugged devices, we offer what your teams need to be safer and more efficient in the field. Contact your local public safety solution expert by phoning 866-616-5587 or complete this form to learn more.