DAS, Monroe: Update your IPAWS certificates

Digital Alert Systems and Monroe Electronics announced the availability of an update of FEMA digital certificates used to authenticate ...

Monroe to demo EAS monitoring, management, compliance
Monroe to demo EAS monitoring, management, compliance

Digital Alert Systems and Monroe Electronics announced the availability of an update of FEMA digital certificates used to authenticate messaging from the IPAWS system.

The companies have 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 Sept. 24. One-Net and DASDEC users in the U.S. are advised to replace the soon-to-expire certificate to assure that devices configured to require message authentication will continue to operate properly.

"DASDEC and One-Net users are urged to take the simple step of updating their certificate files before Sept. 24 to allow continued authentication of IPAWS CAP alert messaging," said Ed Czarnecki, senior director of strategy and government affairs for Monroe Electronics and Digital Alert Systems. "This is the second such certificate replacement this year, so we are actively working with FEMA IPAWS to look at methods for automating this update process and hope to have such a process in place before the next certificate update occurs in 2019."

FEMA uses digital certificates called CAs to create a "chain of trust" between an EAS device and the IPAWS servers. The One-Net and DASDEC EAS/CAP devices use these digital certificates to validate the authenticity of IPAWS-sourced CAP alerts. These certificates are designed to expire at a specific date and time, requiring the issuing authority to publish new certificates from time to time.

The new field service bulletin and CA file are available now from the Digital Alert Systems website at www.digitalalertsystems.com/resources_fsb.html.

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