PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, April 26, 2019

As we have previously advised our members and partners, APCO was made aware of an ongoing threat by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. APCO is providing this update to ensure the information is disseminated as widely as possible. 

From DHS: “Business email compromise (BEC) is a scheme in which cybercriminals send out targeted email messages to personnel with finance or resource roles within an organization in order to trick them into transferring funds to the cybercriminals.

Frequently, the BEC emails are made to look like they are from senior executives within an organization or trusted vendors to increase the urgency for victim individuals.”

On the APCO cybersecurity web page, you will find a white paper with detailed information on this scheme. 

APCO has also been advised of a potential threat that targeted wireless customers through malicious links masquerading as customer support contained in mobile messages.

If you believe you may have been a victim of either type of attack, please take appropriate action. If you see any email or mobile traffic that appears suspicious, it is important to remember that you should never provide personal information via any email or mobile traffic. Do not open, or even click on, attachments or hyperlinks contained in the email. When in doubt, report the incident to the company or provider by contacting their published public phone number(s) or email for support.


APCO International is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Public Safety Communications Awards and Technology Leadership Awards. The winners will be recognized during the Opening General Session at APCO 2019, APCO’s Annual Conference & Expo taking place August 11-14 in Baltimore, MD. See this year's winners.


The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has appointed APCO’s Chief Counsel Jeff Cohen to serve on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) for a two-year term. The CSMAC advises the Administration on a range of spectrum policy and technical issues, including the demand for spectrum to support 5G technologies and ensuring continued access to spectrum for critical federal government, defense and national security missions. Read the press release.


APCO is seeking workgroup members to participate in the revision of the ANSI standard that provides the technical documentation for creating a data exchange to transmit information between an Alarm Monitoring Company and an Emergency Communications Center (ECC). For more information


If you are a motivated and engaged commercial member of APCO looking to work with APCO leadership, and would like to help make the association even better, we encourage you to become involved in the Commercial Advisory Council (CAC). To nominate yourself, complete the nomination form. Learn more about the CAC on the APCO website or through this PowerPoint presentation.


Secure an ad in the APCO 2019 Program Guide by May 3. The guide will be in the hands of thousands of attendees while at conference and used as a buyer’s guide when they are back in the office. View the placements still available and reserve your space.

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Industry News
Officials recommended that citizens only use text-to-911 when they are unable to use normal voice calls. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon will carry the text messages.
Security Sales & Integration
Communications between alarm monitoring stations and the county's emergency communications center are now automatic, improving accuracy and speeding response times during emergencies.
RCR Wireless News
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appointed 30 new members to the CSMAC, which will deal with 5G issues as well as ensure “access to spectrum for critical federal government, defense and national security missions.”
The Manchester Mirror
During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office recognized employees of the county’s primary ECC for the way they “interact with the members of our communities, help them navigate through a frightening experience and many times, save lives".
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The city uses location data from RapidSOS and Uber to improve coordinates received from cellphones during emergency calls.
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