Our History

After years of prosecuting cyber financial fraud crimes with no end in sight, the New York County District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, Jr., knew that there had to be a better way to confront the cybercrime epidemic. Prosecution was a critical treatment modality, but prevention was the cure. After discussions with William Pelgrin, founder of the MS-ISAC and former President & CEO of the Center for Internet Security (CIS), the concept of what is now known as GCA was developed and is the product of input from many thought leaders which, from the beginning, demonstrated a commitment to a collective effort.

The two then reached out to their partners in the fight against cybercrime, the City of London Police Commissioner, Adrian Leppard (now former), and John Gilligan, Chairman of the Board for the Center for Internet Security (CIS), to understand what might be done. This resulted in a coalition to take on the uphill battle against cybercrime and a recognition that we need to come together as a global community to have a transformational impact on cybersecurity. With a bias towards action, the three organizations made their move. On September 16, 2015 the Global Cyber Alliance was formed to address systemic cyber risk through a proactive risk-based, solution-oriented approach to address and eradicate malicious cyber risks.

Knowing the potential that an organization like GCA could have, the DA committed $25 million in criminal asset forfeiture proceeds to fund this critical work over a five-year period. The Center for Internet Security and City of London Police also made significant contributions in providing space, funding, staff, and assistance with building strategic partnerships. Through these contributions, commitment, and mindshare, the Global Cyber Alliance was established. Since that time, the organization has developed a global partnership network, formed an impressive board of directors and strategic advisory committee, established a notable executive team, and cultivated a skilled technical staff to carry out the mission: Do Something. Measure It.

Through the leadership and vision of each of the founders, they respectively have been a tremendous catalyst to bring an international community together to positively improve our global online cybersecure posture.

Timeline of Achievements

In just a few short years, GCA has tackled projects ranging from email security and resources for small business, to solutions for IoT and tools to secure democratic elections. Much work has been done, but there is still much more to do. Explore key milestones below.

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2015
2015

GCA established

The Global Cyber Alliance is founded as a nonprofit by a partnership of law enforcement and research organizations. GCA positions itself as an international, cross-sector effort dedicated to reducing cyber risk and improving our connected world.

2015
2015

Establishes HQ in New York City and London

GCA establishes headquarters across the globe in New York City and London. The City of London Police and the District Attorney of New York County are both GCA founding organizations.

2016
2016

Names Philip Reitinger President & CEO

Prior to GCA, Mr. Reitinger served as the Deputy Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate and the Director of the National Cyber Security Center in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

2016
2016

Holds First SAC Meeting in NYC

GCA holds its first Strategic Advisory Committee meeting on March 18, 2016. The SAC is chaired by GCA’s three founding partners: New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., City of London Police Commissioner Ian Dyson, and Chair of the Center for Internet Security John Gilligan.

2016
2016

Launches DMARC initiative

DMARC stands for Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance. It is the trusted, free solution that brings together email authentication protocols and adds reporting and compliance. In June 2016, the UK government mandated that all UK government departments adopt DMARC.

2016
2016

Builds Quad9

GCA collaborates with IBM and Packet Clearing House (PCH) to build Quad9, a DNS security service. Quad9 protects users from accessing known malicious websites, leveraging threat intelligence from multiple industry leaders.

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2016

Hires UK Executive Director

GCA hires its first Executive Director for the UK.

2017
2017

US Government Adopts DMARC

In October 2017, the US Department of Homeland Security issues Binding Operational Directive 18-01, which requires the adoption of DMARC by federal civilian domains, in part influenced by GCA’s advocacy efforts.

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2017

Launches Quad9

November 2017, GCA launches Quad9 to industry praise. Currently, Quad9 blocks an average of more than 60 million threats per day for users in more than 90 countries.

2018
2018

Publishes Economic Benefits of DMARC

DMARC is recognized internationally as an important email security standard. Because of GCA’s efforts, more than 12,400 organizations across more than 200 countries have adopted DMARC, resulting in significant financial benefits across a diverse array of industries and governments.

2018
2018

Releases McScrapy

WordPress and other popular content management platforms present significant risk. GCA develops McScrapy to evaluate a website and render it into simple form, keeping as much functionality as possible, while removing potential vulnerabilities.

2018
2018

Creates DMARC Leaderboard

GCA establishes the DMARC Leaderboard, an online resource that lists more than 4,000,000 domains from organizations around the globe, across multiple sectors. The leaderboard provides information about DMARC and SPF in various formats.

2019
2019

Combines $3M funding from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Mastercard, CIS, and Others

GCA announces generous combined funding from its dedicated partners. GCA partners span across the private and public sectors and nonprofit community.

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2019

Develops GCA Cybersecurity Toolkits

GCA launches the Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business and the Cybersecurity Toolkit for Elections. The toolkits are an online resource that includes a wealth of free and effective tools organizations can start using right now to make an immediate impact on reducing cyber risk.

2019
2019

Establishes European HQ in Belgium

GCA expands its team and opens headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. This is the third GCA headquarters established and the second in Europe.

2019
2019

Publishes Economic Value of Protective DNS

GCA publishes a report investigating a control the team calls protective DNS (also known as a “DNS firewall”) — a DNS service that will process a request as normal but prevents the domain translation from occurring for any domains that are deemed malicious. This research quantifies the loss avoidance attributable to DNS firewalls.

2019
2019

Launches AIDE

GCA launches AIDE. The Automated IoT Defence Ecosystem (AIDE) enables automated collection, analysis, distribution, and display of attacks on IoT devices and a means to implement distributed defense of these devices including in small office or manufacturing and home environments.

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2019

Establishes Regional Executive Director Positions for the Organization

GCA broadens its global presence with the establishment of regional directorates to enhance its presence and partner relations in the Americas, UK, India & Middle East, Europe & Africa, and the Asia Pacific.

2020
2020

Establishes the Work From Home Campaign

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and sudden requirement for businesses to move to a remote workforce, GCA creates the Work From Home Campaign and leads the creation of a coalition of more than 20 nonprofits to put together an online resource that includes simple instructions and tools that businesses and their employees can implement to protect themselves.