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NTCA Partners With DHS!

NTCA Partners With DHS!

In today’s increasingly online society, it’s rare that a day goes by without a new cyber breach making its way into the headlines. The more I hear about cyber threats and the frightening adage that it’s not if but when you will be affected by an attack, the more motivated I am to ensure that NTCA stays in front of our membership promoting cybersecurity awareness and development of response strategies. To that end, it is my absolute pleasure to announce…

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Walking the Cyber Talk

Walking the Cyber Talk

I am certain that not a day goes by when I don’t receive at least two phishing emails looking for me to “fall for the ploy” and click on a link that I will deeply regret.  Our team was hit by a phishing attack today and I appreciated how quickly everyone jumped into action. From Bitcoin ransoms to hacking for sport, the reliance we all have on our technology certainly makes us more vulnerable.  Here at NTCA, we have put…

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Let’s Go Shopping!

Let’s Go Shopping!

Ok – it’s not quite like the supposedly super deal that are available on Black Friday (although I find those sales to seldom be worth the effort, traffic or crowds!) but here at NTCA we have our own e-store and in addition to the FRS glossery of communications terms, NTCA Compensation and Benefits survey, we also have available now our NTCA Cyber Source. The 2017 Cyber Source was rolled out a few weeks ago at our Cybersecuirty Summit and provides…

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Cyber Month….Are You Ready?

Cyber Month….Are You Ready?

The more I hear about cyber threats and the “spot on” but frightening adage that it’s not “if” but “when” you’ll be impacted by an attack, the more I am motivated to ensure that NTCA stays in front of our membership pushing cyber awareness. How appropriate that our upcoming Cybersecurity Summit will take place next week – smack in the middle of Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The location is central, in Kansas City, in the early part of next week and…

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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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