The Nonprofit Times
Cybersecurity NPOs Form “Cyber Nonprofit” Coalition
Nonprofit Cybersecurity Organizations launched Nonprofit Cyber, a coalition of 22 global nonprofits committed to acting together to improve cybersecurity. All coalition members are nonprofit organizations that serve the public interest by developing, sharing, deploying, and raising awareness of cybersecurity best practices, tools, standards, and services.
Coalition members must be a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization if organized under U.S. law or hold equivalent status if organized under laws of another country. More information is available on the coalition’s website NonprofitCyber.org and on Twitter at @NonprofitCyber.
New York-based Nonprofit Cyber will initially focus on two priorities: raising awareness of the work of cybersecurity nonprofits globally and aligning their work for greatest effect. Considered a “collaboration of equals”, each member organization is committed to working in coordination to better serve Internet users around the world, according to a statement from the organization.
As it grows, the plan is to expand its operations to include:
- Gain visibility and understanding of cybersecurity efforts by nonprofits;
- Facilitate shared understanding, alignment and deconfliction of activities;
- Encourage volunteer leadership, sharing and celebration;
- Provide a forum to share product development and launch roadmaps;
- Enable and encourage synchronization of product versions, where applicable;
- Create opportunities for common or coordinated projects and products among members;
- Provide a forum for alignment of threat and/or attack models that guide the selection of security practices;
- Provide a forum for the coordination of joint public statements (by supporting members) and joint communications to authorities on matters of mutual interest and the importance of shared and voluntary industry best practices;
- Prepare and present joint presentations to stakeholders; and,
- Submit joint work and funding proposals.
“I applaud this accomplished consortium of non-profit organizations having come together to actively protect us from security threats to our digital infrastructure and to keep our Internet open, by combining their knowledge, skills and tools to the greatest effect,” Govind Shivkumar, Chief Technology Officer at Omidyar Network said via a statement.
The 22 founding members of Nonprofit Cyber are: Anti-Phishing Working Group, Center for Internet Security (CIS), Center for Threat-Informed Defense, Cloud Security Alliance, Consumer Reports, CREST International, Cyber Defense Alliance, CyberPeace Institute, Cyber Readiness Institute, Cyber Threat Alliance, Cybercrime Support Network, CyberGreen Institute, FIDO Alliance, Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams, Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance, National Cybersecurity Alliance, Open Web Application Security Project, SAFECode, Shadowserver Foundation, Sightline Security and #ShareTheMicInCyber.
Tony Sager of CIS and Philip Reitinger of GCA will serve as co-chairs when the organization begins operations. Nonprofit Cyber is looking for new members who are working to implement best practices and solutions at scale. Nonprofit Cyber focuses on these organizations, rather than lobbying or policy-making and advocacy organizations, or industry associations.
“A large number of non-profit organizations that focus on cybersecurity implementation are working in their own areas of action towards the common goal of improving cybersecurity, but the lack of coordination and communication between they can lead to inefficiency and duplication of effort.” said GCA President and CEO Philip Reitinger, President and CEO of GCA, with operations in the US, UK and Belgium. “Better communication and collaboration between these groups will enable programmatic and opportunistic action to improve cybersecurity.”
“Cybersecurity nonprofits create and maintain critical resources that touch every business and every person. And many are natural ‘engines of integration’, bringing together people and ideas across public and private sectors, technical disciplines, industry sectors and national borders. said Tony Sager, Senior Vice President and Chief Evangelist at CIS in East Greenbush, NY “Our goal with Nonprofit Cyber is to collaboratively align our individual strengths into a collective force for good, taking positive measures for the entire cyber-ecosystem.”
“Nonprofit organizations have an important role to play in helping to set cybersecurity hygiene expectations and provide tools that can help organizations of all sizes,” said Ian Levy, CTO of NCSC. (UK), via a press release. “I’m really happy to see these great organizations coming together as ‘Nonprofit Cyber’ to better coordinate and maximize the impact they can have in helping the global cybersecurity mission.”