The satellite security blind spot: what it means for paramedics on the frontline

Over the course of the next 3 years, the UK's emergency services will be switching over to state-of-the-art handset and vehicle-mounted communication devices, operating on a private 4G network. Part of the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP), this new equipment can provide increased resilience and security across all communication channels and navigation devices used by frontline emergency services in the UK. In addition, new services and applications will be launched, which improve the function, efficiency and safety of the emergency services. However, the nature of the security landscape for these technologies and services is evolving rapidly. Their reliance on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) to deliver location data to users of the ESMCP leaves them open to outside interference. Unless properly addressed and mitigated, these threats could pose a critical risk.

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