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The Learning is Never Done on the Cyber Front

The Learning is Never Done on the Cyber Front

In the “old” days (or at least in the movies), you could see the bad guys and knew that you should never get into a lightsaber fight with Darth Vader or never go into a dark basement in a haunted house.  Easy, right? These days, it’s so much more difficult to know who the bad guys are and where they are lurking.  I think, quite frankly, most of them have gotten lazy and are now just hanging out in cyberspace…

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Steamy Savannah Sets the Stage for Strategy Skills for NTCA Attendees

Steamy Savannah Sets the Stage for Strategy Skills for NTCA Attendees

Heading back from hot and humid but lovely and hospitable Savannah, Georgia as we wrap up our inaugural Summer Symposiums for the year. Nearly 400 NTCA rural broadband providers gathered for a few days of focusing on what matters, strategic thinking, good governance policies, the latest in advocacy topics for the industry, cybersecurity and a host of other topics relevant to ensuring that the time in a company’s boardroom is time well spent. The opportunity to hit on these critical…

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Kicking off Programs on Leadership and Governance

Kicking off Programs on Leadership and Governance

Leadership is defined as the action of leading a group of people or an organization. Governance is the process of governing over a social system – like a rural broadband provider.  Both of those skills sound easier to implement than they can be, so I’m really excited that we have transformed with the times here at NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association and transitioned away from our long-held regional meetings to a new format focused on director training (for both…

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NTCA Members Banding Together To Face Down Cyber-Threats

NTCA Members Banding Together To Face Down Cyber-Threats

When you have someone with Jesse Ward’s capabilities on the cyber front…you simply share her own words on NTCA’s latest initiative on the cyber front on behalf of small operators. And so, I am.   By Jesse Ward, Director of Industry and Policy Analysis, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association As you may recall, NTCA recently announced that it is exploring the creation of a new Cyber-Threat Information Sharing Forum for Small Network Operators. A group of 44 small, facilities-based, small operators volunteered…

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Cyber Information Sharing – The Next Frontier?

Cyber Information Sharing – The Next Frontier?

I  am so proud of our team here at NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association as we announced that –  in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS) – we will explore creating a forum for small, rural telecom operators from across the country to share and receive timely, actionable and relevant cyber information.  Can’t think of a topic that is more timely. At a Capitol Hill briefing, Bob Kolasky, director of the National…

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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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