Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia) has asked the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority about its cybersecurity operations, wireless communication deployment efforts and measures to address interoperability issues related to its communications systems for first responders.
Warner, co-founder of theÂ Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, raised the three areas of concern in a letter to Paul Wiedefeld, general manager of WMATA, in response to the Jan. 12, 2015 smoke incident at LâEnfant Plaza wherein radio problems prevented emergency response communications, the lawmakerâs office said Monday.
The letter also mentioned reports of a ransomware attack on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency in November that left SFMTAâs computer networks inoperable and forced the agency to âforgo thousands of dollars in collected fares.â
Warner asked WMTA to respond by Feb. 15 to several questions about its computer networks, such as the presence of backup systems in the event of a computer system outage, adoption of network segmentation measures, and availability of a comprehensive plan to address ransomware attacks.
He also requested updates on the agencyâs plans to expand its wireless communications network and deploy a public access Wi-Fi at its underground stations.