Meltdown and Spectre look like a worst-case scenario in the security area - also affecting public safety organisations

The security gaps Meltdown and Spectre found in processors are not only affecting chip manufacturers. Blue light organisations are also affected: In particular, those who rely on cloud solutions. 

Nobody wants to paint too gloomy a picture - but the following question arises nevertheless: What if alarm systems fail during a disaster due to critical security gaps? Not only human lives are threatened, but soon the question of liability and responsibility also comes up.

An attack without physical access is impossible in Swissphone's alarm networks. The Swissphone base stations are equipped with AMD processors which exclude a meltdown attack due to the underlying architecture. Despite the fact that the Swissphone base stations (ITC2100/ITC2500) are potentially susceptible to another possible attack - Spectre - this is nevertheless excluded without physical access. A direct way for hackers to place an executable code on a base station without physical access does not exist in digital alarm networks. This is because slave base stations from Swissphone are designed as wave net topologies, i.e. completely independent of TCP/IP and therefore not endangered. In addition, the master base stations connected to a TCP/IP network exclusively operate in a closed and internal network. In addition, the user data encryption used by Swissphone is transparent for the base stations, so that no sensitive information can be stolen from the base station even if the machine is physically accessed.

Swissphone has long advocated dedicated alarm networks instead of public mobile phone networks: And that for good reasons, as it is now finally becoming apparent.


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About Swissphone Wireless AG

About Swissphone

The Swissphone Group is a leading solution provider, that designs, develops and manufactures the most secure and reliable alerting and critical messaging solutions. Our core business is reliably transmitting information to responsible personnel, be it for alerting, notification, searching or informing. Our solutions cover the entire alerting chain from triggering, managing, and distributing, to escalating and reporting alarms.

Our mission is to help to protect lives and properties. We aim for optimum customer centricity and innovation leadership, delivering solutions of the highest quality with total reliability. We serve public safety organizations, emergency and health care services, facility management and IT services, as well as manufacturing and oil & gas industries.

Swissphone was founded in 1969 by Helmut and Erika Kochler. The company with 200 employees has a prominent market presence with subsidiaries in Germany, Austria, France and in the USA, as well as a growing network of international partners. The corporate headquarters and the production site are located in Samstagern in Switzerland near Zurich.

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