Major Cybersecurity Groups Launch Chain of Trust Initiative
Article by George Norman
On 21 May 2009
The Anti-Spyware coalition (ASC), the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and StopBadware.org, three of the largest cybersecurity groups in the world today, have earlier this week announced the launch of an initiative entitled “Chain of Trust”. According to the 3 organizations, a “chain of trust” will be built between organizations and individuals that have a word to say in keeping the web secure. The purpose of launching Chain of Trust? To combat malicious software, of course.

Chain of Trust may have been launched by ASC, NCSA and StopBadware.org, but they are not the only players in this security game. The initiative will pull together security researchers and vendors, government agencies, internet providers and internet companies, education and advocacy groups; and all of them will be fighting against the constantly evolving spread of malware on the web. The simple truth of the matter is that malware continues to grow at an exponential rate – it is thus imperative that it is combated by a unified front.

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A comment on the matter was provided by representatives from each of the 3 organizations that launched the Chain of Trust initiative.

ASC Coordinator and Vice President of the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), Ari Schwartz: “Strong security in any one organization or sector is not enough to combat an agile, fast evolving threat like malware, which exploits security breakdowns between entities. We all need to work together to build a system that withstand and repel the next generation of exploits.”

Executive Director of the NCSA, Michael Kaiser: “Online safety and security is a shared responsibility that requires the involvement of governments, corporations, non-profit institutions and citizens. The Chain of Trust Initiative will focus furthering the development of tools that provide better protections. However, we must also continue to ensure that all of us implement universal behaviors online that protect us against a multitude of threats.”

StopBadware.org manager Maxim Weinstein: “Organization and collaboration are our best tools against an enemy that doesn't play by any rules. Just by nature of how the Internet works, malware distributors have a technological advantage, but we can respond by strengthening our shared networks and by better understanding our shared responsibilities.”



Tags: Anti-Spyware coalition, ASC, National Cyber Security Alliance, NCSA, StopBadware.org, Chain of Trust
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