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Strengthening Your DEFENSE

Strengthening Your DEFENSE

National security is a hot topic here in D.C. and I recently asked someone who works in that space what their biggest concern was, and it wasn’t a nuclear attack from North Korea or implications from the fall out of the Iran nuclear deal—it was cybersecurity—without a moment of hesitation. At NTCA, we’ve really been focused on the cyber threat and the tools needed to help NTCA members manage and protect their networks and I am really proud of the…

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A Critical Cyber Seat at the Table

A Critical Cyber Seat at the Table

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…

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CSRIC Working Group Reports In

CSRIC Working Group Reports In

My CSRIC working group had the opportunity to present our progress to our fellow Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council on our portion of the report which has been looking at network vulnerabilities associated with the Diameter protocol, which continues similar vulnerabilities as SS7 does and is widely used for wireless communications. However, globally many wireless carriers are still using SS7 to enable roaming and Diameter has yet to be implicated in any cybersecurity incidents to date.  So there is…

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Tackling Today’s Challenges for Tomorrow’s Technology

Tackling Today’s Challenges for Tomorrow’s Technology

We’re out in California right now wrapping up NTCA’s Telecom Executive Forum and my brain is a little bit on overload from the many topics that we found a way to cover at this meeting.  From “hacking” your customer’s brain, to reinventing the consumer experience, to mergers and acquisitions and other interesting business models to the top consumer tech trends to working wonders with wireless (that still needs wires!) to attracting talent to your company to creating a culture of…

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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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