Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election targeted both our election infrastructure and our confidence in the voting process. Now, amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, securing the upcoming 2020 election includes concerns about mail-in ballots in addition to cyberattacks. Megan Stifel, GCA’s Executive Director, Americas, offered insight into these issues in an article in Voice of America’s Russian Service. You can read the full article here — and if you’re reading it in English, an option for Google Translate should pop up.
GCA’s May newsletter is here!
While it has been another month in which the world has had to find new ways to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been a busy month for GCA. Click the image below to read about some exciting new announcements and updates on our ongoing efforts to support our global community.
By Terry Wilson, GCA Global Partnership Officer
It is my pleasure to announce and welcome Rois Ni Thuama and Murray Kenyon as our two new Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) Ambassadors.
The ambassador program is critical to developing GCA’s global footprint by spreading our message within sectors and into regions where GCA does not have a direct presence.
We are delighted Rois and Murray accepted our invitations to become ambassadors. They bring a range of diverse skills and innovative approaches, complimenting the immense talent of our growing global ambassador team.
Rois Ni Thuama is based in London and is Head of Cyber Security Governance at Red Sift Limited, a data-driven cybersecurity business that uses machine learning to help organizations of all sizes and sectors address day-to-day security challenges.
Rois is a Doctor of Law and subject matter expert in cyber governance and risk mitigation. Rois is also a business entrepreneur with a proven track record of performing roles, which have been both strategically and functionally focused. As Head of Cyber Security Governance for one of Europe’s fastest growing cybersecurity companies, Rois designed and developed sales and business growth strategies securing key clients across a wide market spectrum including legal, finance, banking, oil, and gas.
“At a time when businesses need to preserve their cash and judiciously avoid any further threats, GCA’s objectives have never mattered more,” Rois said. “Making it safer to do business online is vital if firms are to survive and thrive in today’s world. Too often there is a lag time between the release of new tech and its uptake.
“GCA’s goal is to reduce that time so that all firms can deploy sensible cybersecurity measures, quickly and safely, to solve significant cyber threats and reduce risks for firms and institutions. What a time to become part of this team and what a team! Thanks to my CTO Deepak for doing the tough bit and then handing me the reins. Thank you to all at GCA for welcoming me as an ambassador, the privilege and pleasure is mine.
“As in the physical world, the cyber world is only made safer when we cooperate and share best practice. Never has this message resonated so loudly: unless we’re all safe, then no one is, because we’re all in this together.”
Murray Kenyon is based in Washington, D.C. and serves as Cybersecurity Workforce Development Executive in Information Security Services at U.S. Bank, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. He leads development of initiatives to advance the cybersecurity skills of bank employees and supports bank programs to foster the growth and development of rising leaders.
His expertise comes from more than 30 years of leadership in cybersecurity, intelligence, geo-political analysis, information sharing, and critical infrastructure protection in government and the private sector.
“I’m honored and delighted to become an ambassador for the Global Cyber Alliance and join an organization devoted to uniting the global cybersecurity community around effective solutions that reduce cyber risks in our interconnected world,” Murray said. “GCA is a stand-out platform for collaboration that enables results that keep us more secure online—from small businesses to smart cities, email to IoT, enterprises and individuals —and I welcome the opportunity to work with GCA to address the cyber risks we face.”
Learn more about the GCA Ambassadors here.
May 21st is “I Need a Patch For That” day. If you’re ever wondering if you need to update your device, the answer is: why yes, yes you do! It turns out there are a number of serious vulnerabilities on various platforms that are putting devices, systems, and networks at risk of being hacked. Our friends and allies in the security community are trying to get the word out about these security risks and are asking people to run the updates quickly to avoid cyberattacks.
Microsoft (last week was Patch Tuesday – fixes for 111 security issues)
Time and again, it comes down to the basics. Regular updates of systems and devices ranks among the top things you can do to reduce your cybersecurity risk. When possible, use the latest version of software and enable automatic updates to stay current. Visit GCA’s Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business and the Work From Home. Secure Your Business website for more information on keeping systems and software up to date. You can also tune in to the #GCAchat on Twitter this Thursday, May 21st at 10:00 AM ET/3 PM BST/4 PM CEST where we will be joined by our partners to discuss available resources.
On Tuesday, October 20th winners of CYBERTACOS’ second annual Cybersecurity Impact Awards will be recognized at a reception held in Washington, D.C. from 5:00PM – 6:00PM ET. Philip Reitinger, our President and CEO, is a judge for the awards which recognize regional companies for their innovation and leadership within the cybersecurity industry. You can visit the event page here to learn more.
Thursday, May 21st is “I Need a Patch for That” day, and the Global Cyber Alliance (@GlobalCyberAlln) will be hosting a Twitter chat with some of our Work From Home coalition partners – the Cyber Readiness Institute (@Cyber_Readiness), the Basque Cybersecurity Centre (@basquecscentre), and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (@SBRC_Scotland).
Join the discussion at #GCAchat, 10:00 AM ET/3 PM BST/4 PM CEST, and learn more about resources to aid businesses working from home!
GCA toolkits are “living resources” that GCA, in close collaboration with our partners, continuously strives to improve. We examine each toolkit for opportunities to provide new tools that respond to changing needs of the communities GCA serves based on the evolving threat landscape, making our toolkits accessible to as many people and organizations as possible. The tools GCA adds to its toolkits always undergo an assessment process to ensure they effectively address the specific concern for which they are included and operationalize a globally recognized cybersecurity best practice, for example an identified CIS Control or guidance from the CIS Handbook for Election Infrastructure Security.
We have just added three new tools – one to the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business and the others to the Cybersecurity Toolkit for Elections:
Small Business: As an additional resource to enhance email security and brand reputation, Valimail Monitor has been added to the Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business. Valimail Monitor is a fully automated DMARC monitoring solution that lets the implementing entity see all email senders using the domain. It will provide organizations with all the necessary information to work with business stakeholders to determine which services are legitimate and to understand the organization’s domain reputation risk. Valimail Monitor can be found under the Protect You Email and Reputation toolbox.
Elections: The remaining two tools have been added to the Cybersecurity Toolkit for Elections:
- Facebook Protect: Social media accounts of individuals and organizations are continuously probed by malicious actors during an election cycle and may need additional protection. Facebook Protect offers candidates, elected officials, federal and state departments and agencies, and party committees, as well as their staff, a way to further secure their Facebook and Instagram accounts by utilizing the Protect capability. Facebook Protect can be found under the Configure Securely toolbox.
- Microsoft ElectionGuard: Microsoft ElectionGuard is open source software that is used to make voting more secure. The tool is designed to help implement encryption channels to ensure that votes recorded by electronic systems of any type remain encrypted, secure, and secret. Microsoft ElectionGuard can be found under the Configure Securely toolbox.
Thank you to Valimail, Facebook, and Microsoft for informing us of these tools and working with us to make sure the tools are accurately represented in our toolkit.
If you have a tool that fits into either the Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business or the Cybersecurity Toolkit for Elections, please review our process and application guidelines. If you have any questions about the GCA toolkits, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philip Reitinger, GCA’s President and CEO, spoke with the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of OODA LLC, Bob Gourley, in a video chat for OODA Loop’s OODAcast. They discussed Philip’s background, the current work being done at GCA, and how we’ve all had to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced so many to work from home. You can watch the full interview here.
Leveraging Practical Experiences to Reduce Cyber Risk in Remote Working Environments
A virtual roundtable discussion co-organized by UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), and the OAS (Organization of American States).
Who Should Participate? Any remote workers or online students concerned about their cybersecurity and cyber resilience in the new threat landscape after the emergence of COVID-19. A selection of global speakers from organizations and alliances, including the World Economic Forum, the Charter of Trust, and the Cyber Readiness Institute, together with UNITAR, GCA, and the OAS, will offer different perspectives on the issue and will guide the participants through practical solutions at their reach.
Phil Reitinger, GCA President and CEO (presenting)
In a world that needs to stay connected and online, how do we keep individuals and organisations secure? If your technology can be applied to challenges like remote working, disinformation, and supply chain security, LORCA wants to help you scale. They’ve just launched an open call for tech and cyber scaleups to apply for their next accelerator. The deadline to apply is 4 May – you can sign up here and also learn more about the benefits of joining and about their innovation themes.