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GPS Risk Mitigation Strategies

The webinar is now available for on-demand viewing. You can also download a copy of the presentation slides.

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a U.S. Government-owned utility that provides an inexpensive, globally-available, highly reliable, and extremely accurate reference timing source. Therefore, GPS is widely implemented by the communications industry for network timing and synchronization solutions as well as other private entities such as banking, mobile phone operations, and the electric industry for control of power grids that are facilitated by the accurate timing provided by GPS. In addition, emergency responders are highly dependent upon GPS for location and timing capabilities in their life-saving missions.

The communications sector employs a range of strategies to mitigate the impact of loss or disruption of GPS. In all communications network environments, backup solutions are deployed at the most critical nodes to protect against the loss of a GPS-provided timing reference source. Generally, service providers and network operators select backup solutions and associated implementation approaches that are specifically designed to meet the requirements of the service/application..

The Communications Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC) and its DHS partners will discuss reliance on GPS in the wireline, wireless, satellite, cable, broadcast, and enterprise network environments. The event will focus on providing information and awareness to help communications sector stakeholders identify, assess, manage, and mitigate GPS-related risks.

This webinar will discuss the following relevant topics:

  • Malicious jamming and spoofing
  • Solar flares and environmental threats
  • Equipment failures and interference
  • Mitigation strategies

For information regarding ATIS Webinars, please contact Lois Rude.

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Brooks Fitzsimmons
Vice Chair CSCC & AT&T Services, Inc.

Andrew White
Vice President Technology and Standards

Andrew White oversees the strategic work of ATIS’ Technology and Operations Council, its CIO Council and the global standards development activities of the organization’s committees. expand for more.

He is a 20-veteran of the information and communications technology industry, and is a founding member of ATIS Cloud Services Forum. Prior to joining ATIS, White served as a Principal Consultant for Nokia Siemens Networks, Technical Director at Qwest and as a Battalion Signal Officer for the U.S. Army. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and was commended as a Distinguished Graduate from the U.S. Army Signal Course.

Dr. Michael Cohen
Principle Critical Infrastructure Systems Engineer
Homeland Security Center

Dr. Cohen is considered a MITRE corporate resource in the area of critical infrastructure protection and resilience. He has been leading MITRE’s Homeland Security Center’s GPS/PNT efforts since 2010. He led the initial GPS timing studies for the DHS/Office of Infrastructure Protection from 2011-2012 followed by the Electric and Communications Sector threat, vulnerability, and mitigation studies for DHS/S&T. Earlier in his MITRE career, he supported the NSTAC and the National Communications Systems agency.

Dr. Cohen earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, his Master’s Degree (M.S.) in Physics at Northeastern University and his Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Physics at Boston University.

Robert Jackson
Business Development Manager
Lockheed Martin

Robert L. Jackson has been working in the Global Positioning System area for almost 20 years in a breadth of capacities, ranging from the Washington, D.C. based policy community, to program management and business development. He is currently a business development manager for Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems Company in Denver, Colorado. He is supporting the Navigation Systems mission area in their work on GPS III, the next generation of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) satellites for the U.S. Air Force, and exploring opportunities to exploit the enhanced capability GPS III will deliver to end-users.

Earlier, Bob secured Congressional appropriations and authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Wide Area Augmentation System, worked with the Department of Transportation in explaining GPS benefits to multi-modal users, and developed the business plan for international expansion of GPS-based navigation systems. He was the capture manager and program manager for India’s GPS augmentation system (GAGAN), and was also the program manager for Japan’s MSAS GPS augmentation system.

He is a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He is also a certified Project Management Professional.

Paul Brenner
Emmis Communications

Paul Brenner is Senior Vice President/CTO of Emmis Communications, the eight largest radio broadcast group in the U.S. He was the recipient of the 2012 NAB Radio Engineering Achievement award and was previously listed as one of the Radio Ink 2010 Best Engineers in Radio. In 2010 Paul served on the FCC CSRIC council enlisted to write the revised C.F.R. 47 Part 11 for new EAS CAP standards and is currently an active member of both the NAB Radio Technology Committee, NRSC and acts as Vice-Chair for the North American Broadcasters Association.

Paul originated and now acts as President for the Broadcaster Traffic Consortium, a partnership of more than 24 radio companies, throughout the United States and Canada, formed to distribute data and advertising via FM and HD Radio® technology. BTC serves millions of consumer devices and automobiles with FM and HD Radio data services including Garmin, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Honda and others.

Mr. Brenner also leads the efforts for NextRadio; the radio industry solution for FM enabled smartphones.

Dr. Marc Weiss
Ph.D. Mathematical Physics
(Wireline, Wireless and Cable)

Dr. Marc Weiss has worked at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology--formerly NBS, the National Bureau of Standards) since 1979, specializing in time transfer techniques. He received the NBS Applied Research Award for a first GPS timing receiver in 1983. He was awarded a patent for the Smart Clock algorithm in 1993, which optimally locks a slave clock to a master. Dr. Weiss won the 2013 NIST William P. Slichter Award, which recognizes achievements by NIST staff in building or strengthening ties with industry. The Slichter Award citation was “For pioneering highly productive industry/ government partnerships to advance telecommunications and data networks through precision synchronization.” Marc founded and has led WSTS, the Workshop on Sync in Telecom Systems, annually since 1992. Dr. Weiss has also led the NIST program to support the GPS program office in developing their clocks and timing systems since 1992, after participating in it since 1980. He has worked on problems with Relativity as they relate to GPS and to primary frequency standards. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematical-Physics from the University of Colorado in 1981.



Anthony Jones
Vice Chair, CSCC Outreach Committee
Director, Critical Infrastructure and Compliance
United States Telecom Association

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