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US Agency Looks At Creating a '311' Call Line For Cybersecurity Incidents

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We call 911 for help in life-threatening situations. But what if the US had an emergency telephone number focused on handling cybersecurity incidents?

The US’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is considering the idea. On Wednesday, an advisory committee under the agency recommended(Opens in a new window) it launch a national campaign for a 311 call line.

The call line would be designed to provide assistance for small and medium businesses that have just experienced a cybersecurity incident.

The proposal came from George Stathakopoulos, Apple’s vice president of corporate information security, who also sits on the advisory committee.

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