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Three TeleCommunication Systems Cyber Security Experts Appointed to Federal Communications Commission Working Groups

William Wells Appointed to Secure BGP Deployment Working Group; Dr. John Linwood Griffin Appointed to Botnet Remediation Working Group; Rodney Buie Appointed to Network Security Best Practices Working Group (November 23, 2011)

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- (Marketwire) -- 11/23/11 -- TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, today announced that three of its cyber security experts -- William Wells, technical fellow - delivery systems architecture; Dr. John Linwood Griffin, research fellow; and Rodney Buie, vice president, cyber intelligence -- have been appointed to Working Groups of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC). The mission of the Council is to provide recommendations to the FCC to ensure optimal security, reliability and interoperability of communications systems, including telecommunications, media and public safety communications.

Wells has been appointed to the Secure BGP Deployment Working Group, which will focus on inter-domain routing and the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and recommend a framework for transition to the implementation of secure versions of BGP. At TCS, he is responsible for defining the architecture and management infrastructure for encapsulated delivery systems that support the TCS location-based product suite deployed in carriers' networks. He has over 20 years of experience in complex network architecture and configuration and has been certified continuously for 10 years under the Cisco Certified Internet Expert (CCIE™) program. He presently holds two patents encompassing location-based services.

Griffin has been appointed to the Botnet Remediation Working Group, which will identify a set of best practices that could be used voluntarily by Internet service providers (ISPs) to measure and curb the spread of botnet infections. He is an expert on computer and communications security, and, at TCS, he is responsible for driving research and engineering programs inside the company's cyber security team of computer network operations (CNO) instructors, vulnerability assessors and network penetration testers, and security software developers.

Buie has been appointed to the Network Security Best Practices Working Group, which will examine and make recommendations regarding best practices to ensure the security, reliability and interoperability of communications networks and systems. At TCS, he is focused on cyber security, managing engagements with the U.S. Department of Defense, encompassing vulnerability assessments, incident response, software development, malware and exploitation training and mitigation. He previously served the CSRIC Cyber Security Best Practices Working Group and led the Wireless Subgroup, whose compilation of best practices was contained in the March 2011 report released by the FCC. He has more than 30 years of experience in telecommunications and information technology.

"Cyber security will be critical to the future of our nation's wireless communications, and TCS congratulates three of our top cyber security experts -- William, John and Rodney -- on their appointments to these CSRIC Working Groups," said Dick Young, executive vice president and chief operating officer for TCS. "By recruiting these knowledgeable, dedicated and experienced professionals, as well as three of our emergency communications experts, CSRIC will be well served as it fulfills its mission."

About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) is a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology. TCS infrastructure forms the foundation for market leading solutions in E9-1-1, text messaging, commercial location and deployable wireless communications. TCS is at the forefront of new mobile cloud computing services providing wireless applications for navigation, hyper-local search, asset tracking, social applications and telematics. Millions of consumers around the world use TCS wireless apps as a fundamental part of their daily lives. Government agencies utilize TCS' cyber security expertise and professional services for mission-critical communications. Headquartered in Annapolis, MD, TCS maintains technical, service and sales offices around the world. To learn more about emerging and innovative wireless technologies, visit

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