Senator Raises Concerns About FirstNet Mobile Network

Requests cybersecurity reports from the Department of Commerce.

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon wrote a letter this week expressing concerns about the lack of cybersecurity for FirstNet, the mobile network used by law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency workers. The letter was addressed to the heads of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) and requested additional information to respond to potential threats to the network.

“As you know, cybersecurity experts have long warned that phone networks are vulnerable to surveillance by hackers and foreign spies exploiting flaws in technologies used by telephone companies to exchange information with each other,” Senator Wyden wrote. “As the lead agencies responsible for the government’s cybersecurity, CISA and NSA need to have access to all relevant information regarding the cybersecurity of FirstNet, and Congress needs this information to conduct oversight.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Senator Wyden as he raises concerns regarding the security of the first responder mobile network.
  • For U.S. federal security officials as they consider the senator’s request for additional information regarding the risks involved in the use of the network.
  • For the secretary of the Commerce Department as she evaluates the threats to information, privacy, and national security that may be posed by FirstNet.

Sources: Reuters, Executive Gov


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