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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.

As we get closer to the 2020 elections, it is important for industry stakeholders to continue to offer solutions to enhance the security of our voting process. Megan Stifel, our Executive Director, Americas, wrote about different actions we can take in order to ensure that election officials are provided with the tools they need and that the credibility of our electoral process is strengthened. You can find her article on pages 16 and 17 of the Center for Internet Security‘s Spring Cybersecurity Quarterly.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people to work remotely, and as a result the risk of cyberattacks has risen. GCA President and CEO Phil Reitinger was interviewed by Tom Field, the Senior Vice President of Information Security Media Group. Check out the full interview here, which includes an overview of potential cyber vulnerabilities and tips for how to deal with them.

It’s been just over a year since GCA released its Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business, and a French version was recently launched as well. At this year’s RSA Conference, GCA President and CEO Phil Reitinger sat down with Tom Field, the Senior Vice President of Information Security Media Group, to discuss the toolkit’s progress. They also discuss the state of election security, concerns about connected devices, and more. You can watch the interview here.

The Global Cyber Alliance had two major announcements for its first participation at the FIC International Cybersecurity Forum in Lille, France last week: a strategic partnership with Cybermalveillance.gouv.fr and the launch of the French version of its Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business.  All that, together with other activities, such as GCA’s participation at two debates on trending topics (one on election security and the other on capacity building in the cyber sphere) and its support to initiatives like the Cyber 9/12 competition, the Paris Call, and the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE), created significant media interest around our organization.

Below you will find some highlights of that media coverage. For updates on our social media impact, you can follow the #GCAenFrançais hashtag.

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La Global Cyber Alliance avait deux grandes annonces pour sa première participation au Forum International de la Cybersécurité (FIC) à Lille la semaine dernière: un partenariat stratégique avec Cybermalveillance.gouv.fr et le lancement de la version en français de sa Boîte à outils pour petites entreprises. Tout cela, ainsi que d’autres activités, telles que la participation à deux tables rondes sur des sujets d’actualité (l’une sur la sécurité numérique des processus électoraux et l’autre sur le développement de compétences face au cyberespace) ou le soutien aux initiatives telles que le concours Cyber 9/12, l’Appel de Paris et le Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE), a créé un intérêt médiatique significatif autour de notre association.

Vous trouverez ci-dessous une sélection de cette couverture médiatique. Pour les mises à jour de notre impact sur les réseaux sociaux, vous pouvez suivre le hashtag #GCAenFrançais.

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https://www.solutions-numeriques.com/securite/en-live-fic-2020-la-global-cyber-alliance-et-cybermalveillance-gouv-fr-proposent-un-toolkit-de-securite-gratuit-aux-pme-francaises/

https://www.sciencesetavenir.fr/high-tech/web/le-casse-tete-de-l-ingerence-electorale-en-ligne_141062

https://www.undernews.fr/undernews/quelles-bases-pour-une-cyber-hygiene-mondiale.html

The Hill

With the presidential election less than a year away, U.S. officials have repeatedly warned of outside interference. In an opinion piece published in The Hill, Phil Reitinger, GCA’s President and CEO, and Emily Frye, the Director for Cyber Integration at MITRE, discuss the forms this interference takes and the best ways to confront it. In order to defend against disinformation campaigns, they write, more attention must be paid to the state and local level, as these are the “front lines” in our fight against election meddling. Read more here about some of the important steps that can be taken in order to preserve the integrity of our elections.

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.