FCC Poised to Address Cybersecurity of EAS Equipment

Broadcasters would be required to report cyber threats

A public draft of proposed EAS rules being circulated by the FCC would require EAS participants, including broadcasters, to certify annually that they have implemented a cybersecurity risk management plan for their EAS system.

If adopted, the new rules would require broadcasters to report incidents of unauthorized access of its EAS equipment within 72 hours of when it knew or should have known the incident occurred. According to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) being considered, this would bolster the security of the nation’s public alert and warning systems.

SOURCE: Randy J. Stine, TV Technology

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