FCC Announces NPRM to Address EAS Security Updates

The FCC issued the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking FCC-22-82 last week in an effort to shore up security vulnerabilities discussed recently. The vulnerabilities include the usual easy-to-guess passwords, lack of EAS device software updates, and so on. The FCC wants to require broadcasters and cable operators to report cyber threats to their EAS equipment within 72 hours and file a cybersecurity risk management plan with the FCC for their EAS system. The commission also wants broadcasters to download and install security patches for their EAS gear.