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Equifax? What Next?

Equifax? What Next?

Let me just say how underwhelmed I have been with Equifax’s sense of urgency (or lack thereof!) after the recent data breach of their network. In this day of network vulnerability, the huge business on the dark web and American’s increasing reliance on online activity – this breach was bound to happen. Maybe that’s what surprises and disappoints me so much about the credit agency’s ability to deal with the aftermath. Yes, I tepidly checked in (should I really leave…

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Got to Love Sioux Falls!

Got to Love Sioux Falls!

I am traveling back from the Regional Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota this week.  The location is ideal given the key leadership role that Senator Thune, local boy gone to Washington, has played in communications policy and his continued active engagement in meeting the challenge of rural broadband deployment.  One of the things I love about this region is that the turn-out is as strong as it is for our “more tropical” locations for these meetings in the Southeast….

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Another Broken Toe, Another Regional Meeting….

Another Broken Toe, Another Regional Meeting….

Maybe I should have been blessed with more coordination, or maybe with smaller feet….either way, this past weekend saw me again knocking into something that was strong than my toes and another one of my phalanges has paid the price.  I know that phalange is the medical term for toe since I have now had more than enough reason over the past few years to do my internet research….. Thankfully, the trip to Phoenix for our Southwest Regional Conference was…

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NTCA Shares Resources Available as Ransomware Attack WannaCry Spreads

NTCA Shares Resources Available as Ransomware Attack WannaCry Spreads

As has been widely reported in the media, a new strain of ransomware known as WannaCry, WCry, or Wanna Decryptor is rapidly spreading across the world. Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, a computer virus which encrypts most or even all of the files on a user’s computer. The malware then demands that a ransom be paid in order to have the files decrypted. Russia and the U.K. experienced significant attacks. In addition, as of this morning,…

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IP Vision Rocked – Make Sure Your Team Has Their 2018 Calendar Marked!

IP Vision Rocked – Make Sure Your Team Has Their 2018 Calendar Marked!

I might be a tad challenged at programming my new Smart TV but that doesn’t mean that I don’t keep a close eye on technology trends. It’s one of the reasons I think that the agenda for our IP Vision meeting is so critical. This year’s IP Vision Conference & Expo looked at the intersection of business and technology in our rapidly-changing industry. Carriers and solution providers conducted most sessions jointly to demonstrate real-world examples of how new technologies can…

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NTCA Cyber Bundle

NTCA Cyber Bundle

At our very first Cybersecurity Summit last week, we here at NTCA were able to get a much better take on what our membership really needs on the cyber front—clearly more technical training opportunities and certainly more tools in hand. On the technical piece, we’re taking a look at what we can do to augment future educational events with even more hands-on technical training, but in the meantime, our cyber bundle is here. The bundle is a comprehensive guide that…

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The Next Frontier on Cyber

The Next Frontier on Cyber

Last Friday, before the holiday weekend kicked into full force, I had lunch with some folks at CenturyLink—literally a brown-bag affair. We tried to squeeze the time in because there are so many notes to compare on the cybersecurity front as we look for ways to work together to keep rural networks secured. CenturyLink has been very active on this front, and I’m hopeful that we can find some synergies as the threats seem to be coming from all directions…

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