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SilverSky and NRTC Announce Cybersecurity Partnership

SilverSky | June 03, 2022

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SilverSky, a cybersecurity innovation that provides advanced managed detection and response (MDR) services, and NRTC, a member-driven and technology-focused organization located in Herndon, Virginia, announced today an agreement to provide cybersecurity services to NRTC members.

NRTC, which already offers a wide range of managed services to its energy and telecom members will now add SilverSky's award-winning MDR services to its portfolio, allowing the cooperative to offer its members the most up-to-date managed cybersecurity services. Managed endpoint protection, multi-factor authentication, and security awareness training are among the services provided, as are vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, and email security.

"Accompanying our ongoing emphasis on serving frequently underserved healthcare organizations and educational institutions, this partnership with NRTC helps expand that effort with a distinct focus on the needs of our nation's rural communities. SilverSky's MDR services are powerful, yet easy to deploy and affordable – offering an appealing mix for NRTC's members. We look forward to working with the NRTC Managed Services team to provide these valuable services."

Jason McGinnis, President and COO at SilverSky

Jon Bartleson, President of NRTC's Managed Services division said that "Our members provide essential electric and telecommunications services to rural America and thus are obvious targets for hackers. It is vital we arm them with comprehensive cybersecurity tools and resources. Cybersecurity is a top priority for our members and staffing for these types of roles is a major challenge. We chose to partner with SilverSky to make sure we could offer comprehensive, affordable managed cybersecurity to our members."

On June 7 at 2 p.m. Eastern, SilverSky and NRTC will offer a webinar for NRTC members. On the NRTC website, members can subscribe for Managed Cybersecurity Made Simple, Affordable, and Accessible for Telcos and Electric Cooperatives.

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