NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association Launches CyberShare: Cyberthreat Information Sharing Program Tailors Information for Small Broadband Providers

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carolyn Just, cjust@ntca.org, (703) 351-2015

Arlington, Va., (March 19, 2020)— NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today launched a cybersecurity product created especially for small broadband providers. Based on a pilot program administered by NTCA in 2019 with funding from the National Institute of Hometown Security and Department of Homeland Security, CyberShare provides high-quality indicators of attacks as well as actionable threat information. 

 “CyberShare offers subscribers a number of critical tools in terms of risk management: alerts and news, peer-to-peer sharing and networking and access to experts that small providers might not otherwise have,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “Once we saw the positive response from our pilot participants, we knew our industry would benefit.”

“Cybersecurity can no longer be seen as just a function of the IT department – it’s a business practice critical to your entire organization and, more importantly, your customers,” commented pilot participant Darren Djernes, Information Systems Supervisor at Garden Valley Technologies (Erskine, Minn.). “All employees and departments need to be involved, engaged and doing their part in the fight to keep our companies safe and secure in today’s environment.”

“Given these challenging times, customer networks are likely to be more vulnerable than they were even just a month ago,” added Bloomfield. “Although we couldn’t introduce CyberShare at our Telecom Executive Forum as planned, NTCA knew it was important to move forward with our launch as a way we can help serve our members.”

CyberShare participants have access to daily and weekly reports, in-person and virtual meetings and a secure web platform. The subscription provides a trusted community for local and regional telecommunications operators to collaborate to improve their security posture. Results from the pilot program show that 90% of the participants found it very useful, and 95% said they would recommend it to peers. 

For more information about CyberShare visit www.cyber-share.org.