Our nation’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be convening critical discussions early this week when they convene their DHS National Cybersecurity Summit in New York City this Tuesday.
As a kick-off to the summit, DHS is hosting a closed-door roundtable with about 20 CEOs from the financial, energy, IT and communications sectors. Their collective goal is to bring together government and private sector officials to lay out a vision for a defense model to protect our nation’s critical infrastructure and that will be a launching point for a number of DHS initiatives to advance cybersecurity and critical infrastructure risk management. In part due to NTCA’s own Jesse Ward’s active leadership role in this arena, NTCA was provided a seat at the table. A huge thanks goes out to NTCA board member and GM of BBT in Alpine, Texas, Rusty Moore, who will be filling that seat.
This is no small deal. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will moderate the discussion and other senior administration officials participating will include Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, FBI Director Christopher Wray, U.S. Cyber Command and Director and National Security Agency General Paul Nakasone with Vice President Pence closing out the event. Those are some heavy hitters…including Rusty!
Having an NTCA voice around the table is so important as it’s another opportunity to share the unique challenges that rural broadband providers have in ensuring the safety and integrity of their networks with limited resources and smaller staffs than many of the other key infrastructure players. Urging DHS to prioritize resources for small businesses will be a key request as well as our efforts to work with the federal government on the National Risk Management Initiative.
I wish Rusty and Jesse only the best for their participation in these discussions and cannot wait to debrief upon their return later this week.