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San Francisco, February 26, 2020 – GCA was honored last night with the SC Media 2020 Editor’s Choice Award which was presented during a ceremony in San Francisco during RSA Conference 2020.

The award is given based on information culled from SC Media events, through research conducted by the SC Media editorial team for various features and news articles, and conversations with and feedback from readers, analysts, vendors, and the Editorial Advisory Board of SC Magazine.

The award recognizes GCA’s development and deployment of global solutions that contribute to eradicating cyber risk. In 2019 we achieved a number of successes in our continued collaboration with our partners. We launched cybersecurity toolkits for small businesses and for election offices to provide these entities with practical, implementable tools to address some of the most common cyber risks. We also tackled the growing threats to the IoT environment with the implementation of the Automated IoT Defence Ecosystem (AIDE) platform, which enables IoT device manufacturers, small businesses, and others to identify vulnerabilities, mitigate risks, and secure IoT devices. To further GCA’s efforts to support secure elections and protect democracy, we have partnered with Craig Newmark Philanthropies to create the Craig Newmark Trustworthy Internet and Democracy Program, which will provide news outlets, government and election officials, and community organizations with free toolkits and online forums to help protect them from cyber threats.

“On behalf of the entire team at GCA, I’m proud to accept this recognition from SC Media and join an impressive group of past recipients,” said GCA President and CEO Philip Reitinger. “This award is a testament to the hard work of everyone at GCA, along with our partners, ambassadors, and stakeholders who strive each day to make a difference in eradicating cyber risks for the benefit of the global community.”

“When I co-founded Global Cyber Alliance in September 2015, I hoped that it would prove an invaluable agent of change in cybersecurity and create greater collaboration across sectors and borders,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. “I thank SC Media for this award, and congratulate GCA, its Board of Directors and Committees, and its CEO Phil Reitinger for its tremendous success in protecting millions of individuals and entities at no cost to users.”

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About the Global Cyber Alliance

The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector effort dedicated to eradicating cyber risk and improving our connected world. We achieve our mission by uniting global communities, implementing concrete solutions, and measuring the effect. Learn more at www.globalcyberalliance.org.

 

 

 

Craig Newmark is concerned for the upcoming 2020 election regrading cyber attacks. Newmark fears that history will repeat itself which is why he partnered with the Global Cyber Alliance earlier this year. He donated $1 million to the nonprofit to support their creation of multiple toolkits for election officials, journalists, and community organizations.

“I’ve seen that our election and its integrity are being attacked by foreign adversaries and their domestic allies,” states the craigslist founder. “I feel that I should tell people who are smarter than me: Defend the election, and thereby defend the country.”

Additionally, Newmark will be donating another $750,000 via Craig Newmark Philanthropies in an effort to push GCA’s mission further.

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Craig Newmark Supports the Global Cyber Alliance

GCA Press Release

$750K in support from organization of craigslist founder to bolster cybersecurity efforts ahead of 2020 U.S. presidential election


NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2019 – The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) announces the launch of the Craig Newmark Trustworthy Internet and Democracy Program. In preparation for the 2020 U.S. presidential election, this initiative will provide news outlets, government functionaries, election officials, and community organizations with free toolkits and online forums to help protect them from cyber threats.

This effort is made possible through a $750,000 gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies and builds on related work GCA conducted earlier in 2019 to create cybersecurity toolkits for election officials, voting rights nonprofits, and journalists. The organization of craigslist founder Craig Newmark donated more than one million dollars to support that initiative.

“This renewed support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies is integral to our core mission – enabling the Internet to reach its promise of benefitting citizens and societies,” said Philip Reitinger, President and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance. “We are truly grateful for Craig’s dedication to our work and look forward to his continued counsel as we reach key stakeholders across the globe through this program.”

As part of the Craig Newmark Trustworthy Internet and Democracy Program, GCA will:

  • Develop a cybersecurity toolkit for elected representatives and government functionaries, including Secretaries of State;
  • Enhance the existing GCA cybersecurity toolkits for election offices and news;
  • Establish community forums where toolkit users can provide one another with mutual support and receive guidance from GCA; and
  • Expand outreach efforts for all three toolkits across news, social media, and email;
  • Translate each toolkit into Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish language.

“We are living in a critical time, when our democratic systems and those who make them happen require strong cyber protections to maintain their integrity,” said Newmark. “The Global Cyber Alliance has a proven track record of helping both the private and public sectors solve some of the most vexing Internet security challenges, and I’m proud to continue to support their efforts.”

Megan Stifel, Executive Director of Americas at the Global Cyber Alliance has been appointed to oversee the Craig Newmark Trustworthy Internet and Democracy Program. Stifel brings to this role a wealth of cybersecurity experience, having spent the majority of her career in government, including serving as the Director for International Cyber Policy at the National Security Council. Most recently, she was the Cybersecurity Policy Director at Public Knowledge.

“With the 2020 election fast approaching, we’re incredibly grateful to Craig Newmark Philanthropies for continuing to support our work to help secure journalists, election officials, government personnel, and voting rights nonprofits from cyber threats,” said Stifel. “I’m honored to oversee this new program and look forward to working with the dedicated individuals who will participate in it in the years to come.”

The gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies will also establish the Craig Newmark Scholars Program, through which GCA will hire veterans, women, and reporters for one-year terms where they will help drive the organization’s mission. The initiative will offer these individuals an opportunity to enrich or start career paths in cybersecurity, providing an interdisciplinary experience and an immersion into the technical, partnership, fundraising, and policy aspects of cybersecurity work.

Those who are interested in applying to the scholars program should inquire at scholars@globalcyberalliance.org.

About the Global Cyber Alliance

The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector effort dedicated to eradicating cyber risk and improving our connected world. We achieve our mission by uniting global communities, implementing concrete solutions, and measuring the effect.  Learn more at www.globalcyberalliance.org.

About Craig Newmark Philanthropies

Craig Newmark Philanthropies was created by craigslist founder Craig Newmark to support and connect people and drive broad civic engagement. It works to advance people and grassroots organizations that are getting stuff done in areas that include trustworthy journalism & the information ecosystem, voter protection, gender diversity in technology, and veterans & military families. For more information, please visit: CraigNewmarkPhilanthropies.org.