U.S. Government Еnlists Tech Companies to Fight Against Cybercrime

On Thursday, the 6th of August, US officials said they’ve joined forces with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and other tech giants to fight cyber threats.

The Creation of Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced its new project – the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative. 

The U.S. government asked tech giants to enter the fight against ransomware and cloud computing attacks and join its ranks. And they have answered the call.

The list of companies that have decided to take part includes:

  • Google 
  • Microsoft
  • Amazon
  • AT&T 
  • Crowdstrike 
  • FireEye 
  • Verizon
  • Lumen

“This will uniquely bring people together in peacetime, so that we can plan for how we’re going to respond in wartime,” CISA’s new president Jen Easterly said.

During a speech at the Las Vegas Black Hat conference, she also urged companies to form new relationships that will grow the cybersecurity workforce.

Hackers have done a lot of damage recently, from disrupting the production of meat products to diverting ambulances. The U.S. also suffered from Chinese and Russian hackers.

The Statistics

Cybercrime rates have been growing rapidly for the past few years. Statistics show that every 39 seconds a new attack is launched somewhere on the web. To make things worse, it takes roughly 196 days for someone to discover a data breach.

COVID-19 has also been a key player in the picture. Cyber attacks spiked up to 400% since the pandemic hit.A reliable antivirus is a good starting point, when it comes to protection against cyber threats.

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