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BIP / BTOP Application Mapping Tool Back Again

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) have officially posted a BIP / BTOP Application Mapping Tool. You may remember that this information was available for a short time before being pulled off the RUS website. One of the intentions of this tool is to provide a 30 day period […]

Categories: Information Systems

Building Security Awareness

Company X has decided to implement a new security plan. This plan includes changes to the information systems architecture and will impact the day-to-day work activities of many employees. Additionally, many operational procedures will be changed to reflect a more defensive security stance. It is not uncommon for organizations undergoing significant change to encounter resistance […]

Categories: Information Systems

The Benefits of Contingency Planning

Organizations use contingency planning to ensure the quickest return of information services in the event of a service disruption. A service disruption can be any event that affects the continuity of information services and may range from a human orchestrated denial of service attack to a major earthquake. From a security perspective, the contingency plan […]

Categories: Information Systems

Security Breakdowns

Even a network maintained by the most diligent security professionals will occasionally suffer from a security breakdown. A security breakdown is an incident that results in the opportunity for an information system to be compromised. The breakdown does not have to result in an actual compromise; the opportunity for compromise is an event unto itself. […]

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BIP / BTOP Application Mapping Data Was Available

Although it is no longer working at the time of this writing, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) had made a searchable database of applicant project proposals for the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) and the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) available on the USDA site. Unlike the database that is currently available on the National Telecommunications […]

Categories: Information Systems