NCS Essential Critical Infrastructure Notification

March 23, 2020

NCS Essential Critical Infrastructure3Pursuant to the Stay at Home Orders as issued by Dallas County, Galveston County and Harris County under Texas Government Code Section 418.108, please be advised that Network Cabling Services, Inc. (NCS) is considered an essential business by the National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency as members of both the Communications and the Information Technology Sector. (https://www.cisa.gov/information-technology-sector).

In addition, as a responsible member of our communities, NCS is vigorously enforcing the CDC’s recommendations designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as outlined in the Presidents “15 Days to Slow the Spread” guidelines throughout our entire workforce and work site locations. For any further questions, please feel free to contact NCS' COO Mark Veltri at 832-483-5885 or mveltri@ncs-tx.com

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Galveston County Stay at Home Order

Dallas County Stay at Home Order

Harris County Stay at Home Order

Essential Business

"Public works construction, residential and commercial construction, airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems - including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services - financial institutions, defense and national security-related operations, essential manufacturing operations provided that they carry out those services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements," Jenkins explained. 

-Judge Clay Jenkins

Communications Sector

The Communications Sector is an integral component of the U.S. economy, underlying the operations of all businesses, public safety organizations, and government. Presidential Policy Directive 21 identifies the Communications Sector as critical because it provides an “enabling function” across all critical infrastructure sectors. Over the last 25 years, the sector has evolved from predominantly a provider of voice services into a diverse, competitive, and interconnected industry using terrestrial, satellite, and wireless transmission systems. The transmission of these services has become interconnected; satellite, wireless, and wireline providers depend on each other to carry and terminate their traffic and companies routinely share facilities and technology to ensure interoperability.

Information Technology Sector

The Information Technology Sector is central to the nation's security, economy, and public health and safety as businesses, governments, academia, and private citizens are increasingly dependent upon Information Technology Sector functions. These virtual and distributed functions produce and provide hardware, software, and information technology systems and services, and—in collaboration with the Communications Sector—the Internet. The sector's complex and dynamic environment makes identifying threats and assessing vulnerabilities difficult and requires that these tasks be addressed in a collaborative and creative fashion.

Information Technology Sector functions are operated by a combination of entities—often owners and operators and their respective associations—that maintain and reconstitute the network, including the Internet. Although information technology infrastructure has a certain level of inherent resilience, its interdependent and interconnected structure presents challenges as well as opportunities for coordinating public and private sector preparedness and protection.

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