To Fight Ransomware Amazon, Google, And Microsoft Join Cyber Team
On Thursday, US cybersecurity officials said Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are dedicated to helping them fight ransomware and keep cloud computing systems safe from hackers.
According to the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the technology giant is among the companies that are part of a joint cyber defense collaboration that aims to combine the Government & private sector to combat hackers.
CISA Director Jane Easterly said, “With these exceptionally capable partners, we are initially focused on developing a planning framework for combating ransomware and coordinating incidents affecting cloud service providers."
US President Joe Biden last week expressed concern about the recent surge in cyberattacks, including ransomware, where hackers typically encrypt victims' data and then ask for money to restore access.
"If we get into a war, a real gun war with a great power, it's going to result in a cyber-break-in," Biden said.
Easterly presented the new collaboration at a Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas, where professionals from across the industry met to share research and innovation.
“The devastation caused by cybercrime costs billions of dollars worldwide; Redemption has been a curse, “Easterly said during a presentation at the event.
"I want to focus on strengthening government cooperation with the private sector - science, industry, researchers, and hackers."
According to CISA, the new center will be involved in coordinating national cyber defense and sharing knowledge about threats as well as participating in joint exercises.
Easterly urged other computer security companies to join the collaboration.
Those who have already signed up include AT&T, Crowdstrike, Amazon Web Services, Google, FireEye, and Microsoft.
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