Global Resilience Federation (GRF) and the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) have partnered together to advance protection against cyber threats.
We are happy to have the Global Resilience Federation join us in our fight against cybercrime! “We look forward to a fruitful partnership with the Global Resilience Foundation. The intersection of our collective efforts to reduce cyber risk brings great value to our respective efforts. GRF’s esteem and deep bench of cyber expertise across a multitude of sectors will be a significant addition to the GCA partnership community,” said Philip Reitinger, GCA President and CEO.
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By Aimée Larsen Kirkpatrick
A few weeks ago, GCA held it’s semi-annual, all-hands staff meeting in Annapolis, MD (US). This is time spent working collaboratively on GCA issues – strategy on current initiatives, strategy on organizational issues, a look into the future, and team building. We convene in a conference room during the day and retire to socializing in the evening. The team building and socializing is the most important.
GCA is a start-up organization and as such we are constantly changing – taking on new projects, new partners and new staff. The organization started almost 5 years ago as an idea and just a handful of people working to bring it to life. Since then, GCA has grown and matured significantly. As a small organization, in cybersecurity in particular, diversity is hard to achieve. As I looked around the room in Annapolis, it struck me that GCA is officially now a diverse organization. We can always be more diverse, but in an industry that is known for and struggling with this issue, GCA is ahead of the curve.
Here is what I saw when I looked around the room at my colleagues:
First and foremost, a group of individuals who believe in the GCA mission and are dedicated to changing the world. Most, if not all, of these people could go (and have been) somewhere else and earn greater financial rewards. But we are mission driven people, and doing good is in our DNA.
Next, I saw diversity. Real diversity. People from all walks of life, with different backgrounds, different skin color and (almost) a balance of gender. Some facts:
Within GCA, the three major religions are represented
44% of the staff are women (an anomaly in cybersecurity)
33% of the executive staff are women (again, doing pretty well for cybersecurity)
28% of the GCA Board of Directors are women
5 members of GCA are lawyers (that number increases if we include those on the Board of Directors – so perhaps a few too many legal eagles)
GCA people hail from all over the world. By my count, we have at least ten nationalities represented
GCA is multi-lingual. Between us we speak at least 12 languages (granted, we have a few ringers in this category)
The youngest members of the GCA team are in their early twenties
The most seasoned members of the GCA team bring decades of expertise and a wealth of wisdom
Of course, we can still do more. We could use a female developer (or two). We could stand to increase the number of women on the executive team and the Board of Directors. We could use more diversity of ethnicity. However, I suspect that as GCA grows, these things will happen naturally. In the meantime, the GCA team is a crack team of dedicated, whip-smart folks who bring their individual talents to bear and work to solve a really big problem: securing the Internet for everyone.
GCA’s May Newsletter is officially here!
These past few weeks have been filled with highlights and activities that we are extremely excited to share! Click on the picture below to read everything we have been up to this past month!
The Global Cyber Alliance conducted an analysis last week showing that most of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates have not taken the necessary steps to secure their email systems. The analysis also reported that only four of the then-14 Democratic candidates’ websites were using a security protocol to ensure emails sent from a campaign address were actually from the campaign. Once CNN reported the story, three more candidates took action to implement DMARC!
Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) is a solution that verifies if sent emails are from the website they claim to be from. “There’s lots of things you can do to help protect email,” Phil Reitinger, president and CEOof Global Cyber Alliance, told CNN. “Use of DMARC is really table stakes for whether you’re serious about email security.” GCA has developed a DMARC tool that is free and helps organizations get started with setting up DMARC to better protect their email systems.
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