NTCA Members Are Cyber Wise
As part of an ongoing effort to educate its members about contemporary cyber threats and risk-management activities, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is partnering with the Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS) to supply small, rural telecom operators with critical cybersecurity information through a cyber information-sharing pilot program.
Timely and actionable cybersecurity intelligence is a critical input into a company’s cyber risk-management plan. Participation in this new program will allow small network operators to share and receive timely, actionable and relevant cyber-threat information in a trusted environment. The forum will enable small operators to collaborate with their peers to analyze, understand and mitigate cyber attacks.
The Small Network Operator Cyber-Threat Information Sharing Pilot will:
- Facilitate the bi-directional sharing of technical information between participants, including cyber-threats and, if available, related mitigation tactics
- Create a daily cyber intelligence report, curated to meet the needs of community-based telecommunications operators
- Study the feasibility and value of an info sharing forum built to meet the needs of small communications operators, and issue a final report with findings from the pilot project.
- Seek volunteers, small network operators, to participate in the beta test
Funding and support for the feasibility study and beta test is provided by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection, through the National Infrastructure Protection Program Security & Resilience Challenge which is implemented by The National Institute For Hometown Security (NIHS).
Call for Volunteers
NTCA is seeking to identify 40-50 small network operators who would be willing to participate in the pilot, providing critical feedback to shape the initial development of the forum to meet the needs, capabilities and technical requirements of small, rural network operators.
The Call for Volunteers is open through Friday, April 5, 2019. However, participation is limited to approximately 50 companies. NTCA will evaluate interested participants on a rolling basis and confirm participation by COB April 8, 2019.
NTCA Live: Cyber Wise Information Sharing Pilot
Live-streamed ON March 26, 2019
NTCA held a live web event with NTCA Director of Industry and Policy Analysis Jesse Ward and Cybersecurity Consultant Scott Algeier to discuss the business case for cyber-threat information sharing and how you can participate in the association’s free forthcoming Small Network Operator Information Sharing Pilot.
Participating in the Small Network Operator Cyber-Threat Information Sharing Pilot will help your company: