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This week Quad9 provided a report on its success and growth in the year since it’s public launch. Quad9 is now operating on every continent besides one, and is running in 137 cities spanning 82 countries.

“We’re tremendously proud to see the growth of Quad9 and the effective protection it offers,” said Philip Reitinger, President and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) and Board Member of Quad9. “It was an ambitious project, and through it we’ve proven it is possible to collaborate and provide free world class security at scale.”

Please click below to read the full press release!

Our Global Partnership Officer, Maryam Rahmani, was interviewed by Active Cyber where she discussed GCA’s free DMARC and DNS offerings to fight internet threats. She spoke about GCA’s mission and how the organization combats cyber crime and “Measures It.”

Click below to read the full interview.

Our EMEA Executive Director, Andy Bates, talks about the business case for better cyber hygiene.

“Don’t fear free tools and practices if they can help your organization better block phishing attacks, improve information security posture and safeguard others, too,” says Andy Bates of the Global Cyber Alliance.

Click below to view the entire interview.

 

Anti-Phishing and Web Surfing Security Tools Deployed Across More Than 200 Countries


London, June 6, 2018 – The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) announced today several key milestones in its continuing mission to eradicate cyber risk through concrete actions.

The successful Quad9 DNS security service, which protects users from accessing known malicious websites, has grown more than 35-fold since its launch in November 2017, now reaching more than 120 countries and blocking up to 360 million connections to malicious and compromised websites in the past six months.

In addition, more than 22,000 organizations in 166 countries have used the GCA Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance (DMARC) Setup Guide to check their email domain’s phishing security and spoofing security. Nearly 5,000 organizations have deployed DMARC to protect their employees, partners and customers from being tricked by scammers trying to hijack their web domain to steal personal or financial information.

The announcements came following a meeting of GCA’s Strategic Advisory Committee, which comprises executives from more than 40 organizations spanning the finance, health, telecommunications, education, insurance, cybersecurity, technology, and media sectors, as well as government and law enforcement officials from Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

“GCA was formed to take collective action to reduce and eradicate cyber risks, and we do this by uniting global communities, implementing concrete solutions, and measuring the effects,” said GCA president and CEO, Phil Reitinger. “We are passionate about helping users access affordable and automatic security solutions, and our progress over the past six months, in collaboration with many dedicated individuals and organizations, inspires us to keep moving forward and tackling new challenges.”

6 months of Quad9

The Quad9 DNS security service, which GCA conceptualized and built with IBM and Packet Clearing House, has scaled quickly since its launch six months ago. The service incorporates multiple threat intelligence feeds and blocks up to two million domain lookups each day, preventing users from connecting to a malicious website. More than a dozen cities were recently added to the service’s network of servers, including Bangkok, Thailand; Vilnius, Lithuania; Columbo, Sri Lanka; Siegerland, Germany; Posadas, Argentina; Luanda, Angola; Kiev, Ukraine; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Enfidha, Tunisia; Harare, Zimbabwe; Lyon, France; and Tallinn, Estonia.

“We selected these regions because our deployment model is specifically designed to push our DNS services out to the very edges of the world in places where most other systems will not or cannot deliver excellent service,” said John Todd, Quad9 executive director. “Everyone should be able to enjoy a base level of security, privacy, and performance on the Internet regardless of location or economic circumstances. The focus as we grow our network footprint is to be in every country and every city in which we can deploy our service, regardless of economic weight, population density, or pre-existing network infrastructure.”

DMARC and Email Security

DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Compliance) was developed as a collaborative effort to combat fraudulent email by authenticating the sender of an email. GCA created a Setup Guide that enables world-wide adoption of DMARC, an email authentication standard that helps users protect their email domains from spoofers, spammers and phishing attacks.

The guide has been translated into 17 languages and has been used by more than 13,500 organizations in the past six months. In 2016, the U.K. government mandated that all U.K. government domains enable DMARC. The U.S. government followed suit in late 2017 with the issuance of Binding Operational Directive 18-01, requiring all U.S. federal civilian domains to enable DMARC.

About 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.

 

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Influential Industry Leaders Will Help Shape and Expand GCA’s Global Reach


LONDON, May 31, 2018 – The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) announced today the installation of eight individuals to serve as GCA Ambassadors who will further the nonprofit’s mission of eradicating cyber risk. These individuals were chosen because of their tremendous reputations in the cybersecurity community and their commitment to making a positive difference in addressing cyber challenges. The Ambassadors, who serve one-year terms, are:

Yossi Appleboum, Co-CEO, Sepio Systems

Barry Gooch, Chairman, Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT)

David Harcourt, Chief Security Advisor, BT

Tony Krzyzewski, Co-founder and Director, SAM for Compliance

Jenny Menna, Senior Vice President and Cybersecurity Partnership Executive, U.S. Bank

Graeme Newman, Chief Innovation Officer, CFC Underwriting Ltd.

Jay Singh, Marketing and Partnerships, Red Sift

Nicola Staub, Prosecutor, Public Prosecutor’s Office, Canton of Schwyz, Switzerland

The Ambassadors come from diverse backgrounds and comprise an international cadre of influential leaders, representing organizations in Israel, New Zealand, Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S., and spanning several sectors including financial services, law enforcement, technology, telecommunications and travel.

The Ambassadors will help increase the adoption of existing and future GCA tools and solutions, including its DMARC email authentication efforts and Quad9, the DNS security service that protects against malicious websites while preserving privacy. The Ambassadors will serve key roles in facilitating early testing of GCA tools and will assist with public outreach to ensure these resources are globally available. Ambassadors will also support sustainability efforts for the nonprofit, which makes its tools available to everyone, at no cost.

“We are so pleased that these expert individuals have agreed to serve as GCA Ambassadors,” said Andy Bates, GCA executive director for the United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “They will help us expand our reach within the international community and serve a vital role in shaping the future direction of GCA. It is important to a global organisation to have friends who understand local culture.”

“It’s truly an honor to have this group of influential and talented individuals helping us in our efforts to make the Internet a safer and more secure place for all global citizens,” said Maryam Rahmani, GCA global partnership officer. “Their willingness to contribute their time and expertise toward making a positive difference in our collective cybersecurity exemplifies the spirit of collaboration that is the cornerstone of GCA.”

Yossi Appleboum, Co-CEO, Sepio Systems said, “I’m honored to serve as a Global Cyber Alliance Ambassador and have the opportunity to help in build an ecosystem that connects between the GCA, governments and industry for creating a better secured society. I am looking forward to contributing my experience in building robust cybersecurity platforms and promoting them to the current GCA products such as Quad9 and the DMARC Setup Guide and to the future ones.”

Barry Gooch, Chairman, Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT) said, “We all rely on the internet.  I am humbled to be appointed as a GCA Ambassador, and I truly believe that it is only by working collectively and inclusively across international boundaries and sectors that we can identify and counter malign cyber activity and measure the effectiveness of our work.  GCA’s work in producing accessible and free solutions is exactly what is required for the digital economy to flourish, and we should all support it.”

David Harcourt, Chief Security Advisor, BT said, “I’m proud to have been asked to be a GCA Ambassador and the opportunity it provides to reach further in driving cybersecurity improvements across the industry, making the internet a safer place for everyone as it becomes more fundamental to our day to day lives.”

Tony Krzyzewski, Co-founder and Director of SAM for Compliance said, “I am delighted to be able to take on the role of Ambassador for the Global Cyber Alliance. I believe that the Alliance plays a very important role in helping reduce cybersecurity related risk across the world and, with this Ambassadorship, this presence will be enhanced within the Australasian region.”

Jenny Menna, Senior Vice President and Cybersecurity Partnership Executive at U.S. Bank said, “U.S. Bank is committed to improving the cybersecurity ecosystem. The work that GCA is advancing does just that, from developing tools to simplify DMARC adoption to exploring IoT security.  I am proud to be appointed as a GCA Ambassador.”

Graeme Newman, Chief Innovation Officer, CDC Underwriting said, “The GCA takes a refreshing, pragmatic approach to combating cyber risk – identifying and implementing concrete, measurable actions and soliciting engagement from a variety of industries and geographies. The cyber insurance sector, in particular, has a responsibility to support this mission, and I’m eager to amplify the work the GCA is doing through my role as Ambassador.”

Jay Singh, Marketing and Partnerships, Red Sift said, “The GCA plays a pivotal role in raising awareness and adoption of DMARC globally, and it’s an honour to have been selected as a GCA Ambassador to champion the innovation that underpins the GCA’s solutions and tools. I look forward to working with like-minded information security professionals towards our shared mission of eliminating the cyber challenges faced globally by industries and governments over the coming year.”

Nicola Staub, Prosecutor, Public Prosecutor’s Office, Canton of Schwyz, Switzerland said,  “As a Prosecutor I am doing my best to investigate cyber crimes and bring people to justice who commit them. However, a crime prevented is far better than a crime prosecuted. Supporting the Global Cyber Alliance was therefore a no-brainer: the fight against cyber crimes requires a collective, cross-sector and transnational effort. I am proud to be a part of that.”

About 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

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New York, NY, March 29, 2018 – Mayor De Blasio launched NYC Secure, a cybersecurity initiative to protect New Yorkers from malicious cyber activity including when they access the NYC public WiFi. Part of the NYC Secure effort is the adoption of the Quad9 cybersecurity platform across all New York City guest and public WiFi access locations. Quad9 provides an automated security solution by leveraging the domain name system, known as the DNS, to block known malicious and bad websites through the use of more than 18 threat intelligence feeds. Not only does Quad9 provide a robust layer of security, it is highly privacy-preserving as no personally identifiable information is collected or stored. Quad9 is a free, easy to use service available to any organization, corporation, or individual.

By using Quad9 the city is also leveraging an investment made by NYC. Quad9 was created, in part, by the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), a non-profit that was founded by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr., the City of London Police, and the Center for Internet Security, with a seed investment of asset forfeiture funds provided by the Manhattan District Attorney.

“This is a tremendous step in protecting citizens against all manner of cyber risk,” said Mary Kavaney, Chief Operating Officer of the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA). “The city in delivering free WiFi as a public service is taking a significant step to ensure that the service is provided with security built in while at the same time protecting New Yorkers’ privacy. While it’s impossible to protect against every threat, using Quad9 to protect against known malicious sites is a huge benefit to users of the service. On behalf of GCA, we commend New York City for taking this step.”

“Quad9 was built with the public in mind. It is a free service that provides security and protects the privacy of its users,” said John Todd, Executive Director of Quad9. “We’re very encouraged to see New York City embracing Quad9 and using it for public good, and we hope New York’s leadership in implementing this free service is a model for other cities to use to protect their citizens and networks.”

“NYC Secure delivers a world-class cybersecurity upgrade to New Yorkers and all who use our City’s expanding public WiFi network,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. “In 2015, I joined with the City of London Police and Center for Internet Security to found the non-profit Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), which co-developed the Quad9 technology being adopted today. We are delighted to see the work of GCA and its partners integrated into groundbreaking programs like NYC Secure, which will expand the reach of safe-browsing technology and protect millions of residents and visitors alike. I commend Mayor de Blasio and his administration for its proactive and collaborative approach to combat the rising tide of cybercrime.”

“I applaud Mayor De Blasio for including Quad9 in his NYC Secure initiative which establishes New York City as a leader in helping to protect its citizens from malicious websites,” said John Gilligan, Executive Chairman, Center for Internet Security.

“The strength of the Global Cyber Alliance and the tools it has developed, such as Quad9, lie in the global partnerships that support it.  By harnessing talent and commitment from the within industry and the public sector, we take a step closer to tackling cyber crime,” said Ian Dyson, Commissioner, City of London Police.

Quad9 was conceived of by GCA and built in collaboration with IBM and Packet Clearing House (PCH). Since its launch in November of 2017, Quad9 usage has increased more than 27-fold and is used in more than 150 countries around the world, resolving billions of queries every day. Each day, approximately 2 million domain lookups are blocked, protecting the end user from connecting to a malicious destination. These blocked lookups represent attempts to reach phishing, ransomware, botnet command and control servers, and other forms of harmful or fraudulent systems.
To start using Quad9 today, simply change your DNS settings in your device or router to point to 9.9.9.9. Learn more about Quad9, including how to set it up on either a Mac OS or Windows system at www.Quad9.net.

About Quad9

Quad9 is a free, recursive, anycast DNS platform that provides end users robust security protections, high-performance, and privacy. Quad9 is an independent non-profit formed from a collaboration of IBM, PCH and GCA. Learn more at www.Quad9.net.

About 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 to uniting global communities, implementing concrete solutions, and measuring the effect. Learn more at globalcyberalliance.org.