News Insights: An Essential FEMA Digital Certificate Update Comes From DAS | Radio & Television Business Report

An Essential FEMA Digital Certificate Update Comes From DAS | Radio & Television Business Report

According to a story in the Radio & Television Business Report:

“Emergency video communications provider Digital Alert Systems issued an update for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) digital certificates used to authenticate messaging from the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). The company has released updated IPAWS Certificate Authority (CA) credentials for the One-Net and DASDEC series of Emergency Alert System/Common Alerting Protocol (EAS/CAP) encoder/decoders to replace a certificate in the current certification chain that will expire on Friday (11/8). One-Net and DASDEC users in the U.S. are advised to replace the soon-to-expire certificate to ensure that devices configured to require message authentication will continue to operate properly.”

 

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Kevin Bocek, vice president of security strategy and threat intelligence at Venafi, commented:

“Machines use digital certificates to identify themselves so they can communicate securely. Digital Alert Systems sends regular updates on when certificates are set to expire, which is an excellent practice. Unplanned certificate expiration is an issue that impacts nearly every government institution and business; when it happens the systems that rely on certificates stop communicating securely until they are replaced with one that is valid. A single business could have thousands of certificates on their network, and without automation it would be nearly impossible to replace each machine identity before a hard deadline like the one Digital Alert System issued.  Machine identities are critical, but few organizations properly invest in the visibility, intelligence and automation needed to protect them.”