Today, the Cybersecurity Tech Accord welcomes 16 new companies to its ranks, bringing the total number of signatories to 106 companies committed to improving the security of cyberspace. Access Smart, App Detex, Avepoint, CSC, Cyber Trust Alliance, Dogtown Media, Dynamic Consulting, ePrivacy, Hmatix, International Software Systems, LawToolBox, Netcom Learning, Reveal Data, US Licensing Group, US Medicalit, and WIPFLI have all joined in the pledge to protect users and customers everywhere. This expansion further deepens the group’s expertise, adding to the variety of sectors and technologies that characterize the organization.
”CSC has proudly signed the Cybersecurity Tech Accord and stands with the collective group to do our very best to protect organizations from cyberattacks widely known to have devastating consequences,” said Mark Calandra, CSC’s Digital Brand Services General Manager. “It’s our mission to identify, secure, and mitigate threat vectors outside the firewall, and by working together, we increase our intelligence in safeguarding the digital landscape in its entirety from cyberattacks.”
“Wipfli has been working to protect the interest and security of our clients for over 80 years. As a firm, we are aligned with the Cybersecurity Tech Accord’s core principles and believe all organizations should support them. It is an important initiative that helps to educate and influence community expectations and is aligned with the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace”, added Ken Kortas, Partner at Wipfli.
By joining the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, the new signatories agree to commitments in four areas:
- Stronger defense against cyberattacks by pledging to protect all customers globally regardless of the motivation for attacks online;
- No offense by choosing to not help governments or other actors launch cyberattacks against innocent civilians or enterprises, and protecting against the tampering or exploitation of products and services through every stage of technology development, design and distribution;
- Empowering developers and the people and businesses that use their technology, by helping them build and improve capacity for protecting themselves; and
- Building upon existing relationships and taking collective action together to establish new formal and informal partnerships with industry, civil society, and security researchers. The goal is to improve technical collaboration, coordinated vulnerability disclosure, and threat sharing, as well as to minimize the potential for malicious code to be introduced into cyberspace.
Over the past year, the Cybersecurity Tech Accord signatories have supported numerous initiatives that increase the security of the online ecosystem and have actively participated in international discussions to promote peace and stability in cyberspace. The group has endorsed the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace, as well as provided input to the UN’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, and the Global Commission on Stability of Cyberspace. New initiatives will be launched throughout the course of 2019 focused on increasing cybersecurity awareness and identifying ways to keep our internet secure; promoting cybersecurity best practices and their adoption by businesses, governments and other entities; and partnering with like-minded organizations that are making similar investments and advocating for further action to protect our online environment. To learn more about their commitment and the contributions of each signatory to help strengthen cyberspace, watch the video here.
“The Cybersecurity Tech Accord brings together signatories earnestly addressing global threats to our digital world,” said Satish Gannu, Chief Security Officer and Group Vice President, Architecture and Analytics, ABB Ability™. “Industry collaboration to improve the scalability and resilience of cybersecurity is paramount for our future, and ABB is committed to ensuring that connectivity, control and rigorous standards are strengthened. A strong cyber defense and data protection for consumers and businesses alike can only be met with collective action and accountability to deliver better security, response and education.”
“Our engagement with the Cybersecurity Tech Accord demonstrates our clear commitment to combating malicious cyberattacks on a global level,” said Ivan Todorov, CEO of TAD GROUP. “It is exciting to see and increasing number of companies coming together to strengthen our common cyber defences, and protect our users and customers”, he added.
Enhancing the global cybersecurity dialogue to promote a common understanding of the issues at stake and the ways to address them is a core part of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord’s mission. The continued expansion of the group further enriches this dialogue by including more sectors of the technology industry in the discussion. We believe this is critical to taking the next steps on the road towards a safer cyberspace for all. At the same time, signatories will continue to translate the four commitments into concrete actions by, first and foremost, applying the cybersecurity best practices they promote within their respective organizations.
We look forward to continuing this journey with the new signatories on board.