PIONEER JOINS FAR-REACHING INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE THE AWARENESS OF ONLINE SAFETY AND PRIVACY FOR NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH

September 12, 2019 — Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc.today announced its commitment to National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), held annually in October, by signing up as a Champion andjoininga growing global effort to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy. NCSAM is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals committed to this year’s NCSAM theme of ‘Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.’, which encourages everyone to #BeCyberSmart through cybersecurity best practices.

According to Chad Kliewer, Information Security Officer at Pioneer, “We are proud to be a partner in this global effort and to help our members and customers protect themselves in the process.”

Now in its 16th year, NCSAM continues to build momentum and impact with the ultimate goal of providing all Americans with the information they need, to stay safer and more secure online. Pioneeris proud to support this far-reaching online safety awareness and education initiative, which is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the  Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“Cybersecurity is important to the success of all businesses and organizations. NCSA is proud to have such a strong and active community helping to encourage proactive behavior and prioritize cybersecurity in their organizations,” said Kelvin Coleman, executive director, NCSA.

For more information about NCSAM 2019 and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam. You can also follow and use the official NCSAM hashtag #BeCyberSmart on social media throughout the month.

About Pioneer

Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc., and its affiliate companies, “Pioneer,” is one of the largest telecom Cooperative’s in the United States and is nationally recognized as an industry leader in rural telecommunications.  Pioneer is a multi-service telecommunications corporation providing service to thousands of accounts in communities encompassing 45 counties in Western and Southern Oklahoma, as well as, 8 counties in Southern Kansas.  Pioneer provides an array of telecommunication products and services, including Local Telephone Service, Ethernet Transport Service (ETS), High-Speed Internet, Digital TV, Cellular, Long Distance, Wireless Broadband, Security Systems, Business Solutions, GPON Broadband, VoIP and Yellow Pages Advertisement.  This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  For more information about Pioneer, please call 888.782.2667 or visit our website, GoPioneer.com.

About National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public- and private-sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since the Presidential proclamation establishing NCSAM in 2004, the initiative has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. For more information, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam or niccs.us-cert.gov/national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-2019.

About NCSA NCSA is the nation’s leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness. NCSA works with a broad array of stakeholders in government, industry and civil society. NCSA’s primary partners are the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and NCSA’s Board of Directors, which includes representatives from ADP; American Express; Bank of America; CDK Global, LLC; CertNexus; Cisco; Cofense; Comcast Corporation; Eli Lilly and Company; ESET North America; Facebook; Google; Infosec; Intel Corporation; Marriott International; Mastercard; Microsoft Corporation; Mimecast; NXP Semiconductors; Proofpoint; Raytheon; Symantec Corporation; Trend Micro, Inc.; Uber: U.S. Bank; Visa and Wells Fargo. NCSA’s core efforts include National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October); Data Privacy Day (Jan. 28); STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™, the global online safety awareness and education campaign co-founded by NCSA and the Anti-Phishing Working Group with federal government leadership from the Department of Homeland Security; and CyberSecure My Business™, which offers webinars, web resources and workshops to help businesses be resistant to and resilient from cyberattacks. For more information on NCSA, please visit https://staysafeonline.org/about/.