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Sharing Communications Industry Association Thoughts with Director Krebs

I have appreciated the comradery that has been exemplified during this pandemic crisis with other association leaders being willing to share intellectual capital as we all look for ways to educate our membership.

Today on our joint association webcast, Christopher Krebs, the director of DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (fondly known as CISA), shared some thoughts on what key players like telecommunications providers needed to be able to maintain service, keep Americans connected, protect their networks and still manage to figure out what various local, state or federal requirements mean for them. Krebs and his team have been vital partners in ensuring that telecom providers can continue to provide their service and have special access where and when needed as well. The real challenge has been ensuring coordination between federal, states and localities. No easy feat even without ongoing emergencies.

Keeping Critical Connections is Key

Proving that bipartisanship is still alive and well in Washington DC and that rural consumers have a voice during this pandemic, Senator Klobuchar (D-MN), fresh off the Presidential campaign trail paired up with Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) to introduce key legislation earlier this week. The Keeping Critical Connections Act was introduced with the intent of helping small broadband providers ensure that broadband connectivity for their rural consumers, students and now-online workers would be maintained during the Coronavirus pandemic duration. And then in a bicameral effort, Congressmen Welch (D-VT) and Roger Marshall (D-KS) introduced a campaign bill in the U.S. House of Representatives a few days later.

 

Cyber Hygiene Needs to Stay Top of Mind!

I know that there a million (literally) pressing and urgent things on the table for everyone this week. Truly. But even as we have a national emergency underway, I have been stunned at the number of phishing attempts that are still coming through our network – while we are seeing so many folks step up for good, the “bad” guys find times of vulnerability an opportunity. Guess it’s always been that way but it feels particularly crummy as we worry so much about those we love during this pandemic.

NTCA thought long and hard about whether or not it was the right time to roll out our new CyberShare program but these attempted hacks and threats to network security only exacerbated for us the need to give our members another tool in the toolbox to battle those looking to do harm online.