Breached! NTCA Fronting Online Event to Promote Cybersecurity

Randy Sukow


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NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association has scheduled a free online event to help small, rural broadband providers prepare their cybersecurity strategies. NRTC and NRECA are among many rural organizations co-sponsoring Breached!, which NTCA describes as a “virtual wargame.” Participants will join in a role-playing exercise during a simulated cyberattack.

NTCA’s cybersecurity awareness organization, CyberShare: The Small Broadband Provider ISAC, co-developed Breach! with Booz Allen Hamilton. It has scheduled the industry-wide event for Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. After a series of introductions and explanations, participants will begin signing into the exercise at 12:45 p.m. Following the exercise, there will be Q&A as well as “participant debriefs.” Registration is now open on CyberShare’s Breached! website. Participants must register by Nov. 16.

“We all win when we stay cyber safe, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this exercise,” said NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield. “We’re excited to be able to work with NTCA to provide this unique opportunity for our members to gain live experience responding to a simulated cyberattack,” said NRTC Managed Services President Jon Bartleson.

Other organizations participating in the event include ACA Connects, the Competitive Carriers Association, the Rural Wireless Association, Telcom Insurance Group, and the Wireless ISP Association.

The Breached! announcement comes as the telecom industry observes Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).  NTCA is holding a CyberSecurity Summit in Dallas, Oct. 13-15. Registration for the summit is open.

Curtis Strole, executive director, Customer Relations for NRTC Managed Services will participate in the “Beginner’s Guide to Comprehensive Cybersecurity Planning,” an NTCA summit afternoon breakout session on Oct. 14. Other sessions will cover ransomware attack response and recovery, protecting data in the cloud, the concept of “zero-trust networking” and others.

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