LEXINGTON, KY (PRWEB) APRIL 15, 2017 – An unauthorized individual set off 156 sirens periodically for 90 minutes in Dallas, Texas, on April 7, scaring and inconveniencing the city’s 1.3 million citizens. In the aftermath of this concerning event, CentrAlert advises that emergency managers ensure their emergency alert systems are equipped to prevent hacking.
“The Dallas incident serves as a crucial reminder for emergency managers across the country to update their systems to remove vulnerabilities to attacks by unauthorized users,” Jeff Whattam, CEO of CentrAlert, said. “With proper safety and security, citizens can rest assured that alarms are always prepared to function properly if an emergency occurs.”
The Safety of C-DAC
CentrAlert’s Crisis-Driven Alert & Control (C-DAC) product has been equipped with Secure Communication Network (SCN) protocol with integrated, time-based encryption and synchronized algorithms for more than a decade and has never had a reported breach or unauthorized activation.
Each time the operator initiates C-DAC, the Guardian interface sends a unique SCN code to those sirens equipped with CentrAlert’s Remote Terminal Unit. That means the sirens will never go off without the proper SCN code, and a hacker cannot duplicate the codes because they change with each transmission. Additionally, C-DAC’s Hardware Authentication prevents people from using unauthorized software with the system.