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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 CEO of 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.

To read the full article posted by CNN, click on the image below!

ISMG video interview

Last week at the RSA Conference, Information Security Media Group (ISMG) sat down with GCA’s CEO, Phil Reitinger, and Mastercard’s Senior VP and Cybersecurity Evangelist, John Brickey, to discuss the GCA Cyber Security Toolkit for Small Business.

In the video interview, Reitinger and Brickey are asked numerous questions about the toolkit, talked about why it was created, and how it works.

To watch the full interview and get all the details, click on the image below!

The Washington Post published an article about the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business which was launched on February 19.

The toolkit is expected to help strengthen the weakest links in the global cybersecurity ecosystem – those weakest links being small businesses. The toolkit includes free cybersecurity tools that organizations can use to help protect their business, and there is also guidance provided to help implement the tools.

To read the full article published by the Washington Post, click here.

GCA

GCA is proud to co-host the NYPD Cyber Intelligence and Counterterror Conference, taking place March 18-20, 2019 in New York City. The conference is a three day event with notable keynote speakers, classes, break-out sessions, workshops, networking and social gatherings allowing sponsors to engage with delegates directly.

This year we will welcome between 300 – 400 delegates from law enforcement and intelligence agencies around the world, as well as several notable keynote speakers including: Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.; James P. O’Neill, NYPD Commissioner; Karen Baxter, Commander – National Coordinator for Economic Crime, City of London Police; Chief Constable Peter Goodman, Chair of the U.K.’s National Police Chiefs’ Council; and former Special Advisor to the President on Cybersecurity, Richard Clarke.

The Small Biz Daily listed the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit among other topics as something all entrepreneurs should know about, stating that the toolkit’s resources will significantly reduce risk for small businesses and their partners of all sizes, it’s essential that entrepreneurs take advantage of what the toolkit has to offer.

Check out the full report here and scroll to number 6 to read more about GCA’s toolkit.

Curtis Franklin, Jr. at Dark Reading refers to the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit as a “cookbook” for small and mid-sized businesses to better protect themselves against cyber attacks.

“It’s no secret that small businesses are prone to the same cyber attacks as larger organizations. The only difference is that small businesses lack the resources to protect themselves against these attacks. This is where the Toolkit will come in handy for small to mid-sized businesses as it will be their cyber “cookbook” to gather the right resources they may need for protection.”

To read more of Curtis Franklin, Jr.’s article on the GCA toolkit, please click here.

Toolkit Screen

Free, online resource helps drive immediate action to significantly reduce their cyber risk


NEW YORK, February 19, 2019 — The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) and Mastercard today released a new Cybersecurity Toolkit specifically designed for small and medium businesses. This free online resource is available worldwide and offers actionable guidance and tools with clear directions to combat the increasing volume of cyberattacks.

Some estimates indicate that 58 percent of cyberattacks are targeted against small businesses[1]. These attacks include phishing, malware and ransomware – all of which can have devastating financial consequences. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):[2]

  • Small businesses account for 99 percent of businesses globally, including businesses in the US, EU, and the UK.
  • Small businesses account for 70 percent of jobs, on average.
  • Small businesses generate more than half of the value added by most economies.

Resourcing small businesses with tools to protect themselves from ever-evolving cyber risks not only strengthens their individual businesses but also supports the health of the entire commercial ecosystem, including governments and larger companies. Helping these small businesses be more secure by taking a few reasonable steps will significantly reduce risk for both the small business and its partners, no matter their size or resources.

The GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit arms small business owners with basic security controls and guidance, including:

  • Operational tools that help them take inventory of their cyber-related assets, create and maintain strong passwords, use multi-factor authentication, perform backups of critical data, prevent phishing and viruses, and more
  • How-to materials, such as template policies and forms, training videos, and other foundational documents they can customize for their organizations
  • Recognized best practices from leading organizations in the industry including the Center for Internet Security Controls, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre Cyber Essentials, the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s Essential Eight, and Mastercard

“What sets the Global Cyber Alliance Cybersecurity Toolkit apart is that it is an action kit,” said Philip Reitinger, president and CEO of Global Cyber Alliance. “Our focus is on producing a dynamic clearinghouse of operational tools that help small and medium businesses address risk and improve their cybersecurity posture, leveraging the deep expertise of our network of global partners, such as Mastercard, and the experiences of actual GCA toolkit users.”

As a Development Sponsor, Mastercard has shaped the priorities and early success of the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit, helping to make it accessible to millions around the globe.

“Safety and security are core to our brand,” says Ron Green, chief security officer, Mastercard. “Every day, we are committed to developing new and better ways to keep payments safe – especially for small businesses, the lifeblood of any economy. By partnering with the Global Cyber Alliance, we’re helping entrepreneurs and business owners to better protect themselves. In that way, they can stay focused on what they do best: running and growing their business.”

The Global Cyber Alliance has partnered with several additional organizations to create the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit, including the Center for Internet Security, the Cyber Readiness Institute, the City of London and the City of New York. The toolkit will also be regularly updated with input from users, industry experts, and public and private partners across the globe.

“I applaud the deployment of a cyber toolkit for small and medium businesses. This support is of critical importance to help smaller organizations effectively deal with increasingly complex and more frequent cyber threats,” said John Gilligan, president and CEO of the Center for Internet Security.

City of London Police Commissioner Ian Dyson said, “As the national lead force for fraud and a founding member of the Global Cyber Alliance, we are always pleased to see new initiatives that will assist businesses in improving their cyber security. Businesses lost £6.7 million as a result of social media and email accounts being compromised between April and September 2018. It’s therefore essential that we, as a force, continue to work closely with businesses as well as the organisations that serve to protect them.”

“When we launched the Global Cyber Alliance we set out to empower organizations of all sizes with the tools they need to prevent cybercrime. The Global Cyber Alliance’s free Cybersecurity Toolkit provides small- and medium-sized businesses with immediate, concrete steps to protect their companies and customers against crippling cyberattacks, and I thank each of the public and private partners who contributed their world-class expertise,” said Cyrus Vance, Jr., Manhattan District Attorney.

“NYCEDC is proud to partner with the Global Cyber Alliance on the Cybersecurity Toolkit to better educate small businesses about the risks of cyberattacks. Small businesses play a critical role in New York City’s economy and represent an underserved customer base for cyber education and technologies,” said Nicholas Lalla, project lead for Cyber NYC, at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

Cyber NYC is a $100 million public-private investment to build a vibrant and inclusive cybersecurity ecosystem.  On November 1, 2018, the NYCEDC launched their Cybersecurity Moonshot Challenge, asking the industry to develop and deliver affordable and scalable cybersecurity solutions for small businesses.  As part of their partnership with the Global Cyber Alliance, finalists will be considered for inclusion in the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit.  New York City will promote the free toolkit to New York City businesses through NYC Secure.

Managing Director of the Cyber Readiness Institute Kiersten Todt said, “The Cyber Readiness Institute is so pleased to support and collaborate with the Global Cyber Alliance on helping small businesses reduce their cyber risk.  Our approaches are complementary, and our partnership highlights the importance of integrating the multiple cybersecurity efforts that exist to ensure efficiency and effectiveness for small businesses.  I look forward to what our organizations will achieve together.”

The Global Cyber Alliance will expand the Cybersecurity Toolkit to help other sectors address the changing cyber threat landscape. Additional launches are planned this year with support from the District Attorney of New York, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Corporation of London, Center for Internet Security and others.

To access the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit, visit https://gcatoolkit.org/smallbusiness.

To read more about what our partners and small businesses are saying about the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit, visit our blog.

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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.

 

About Mastercard Incorporated
Mastercard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. Our global payments processing network connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MastercardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

 

 

[1] 2018 Verizon Data Breach Report

[2] OECD

Qatalyst Global is bringing the 7th Annual CS4CA USA to Houston, Texas from March 26-27, 2019. The summit is expected to identify the best cybersecurity solutions that are available to American critical infrastructure industries while bringing forth cross-sector collaboration between senior security experts.

There will be six plus hours of networking between senior IT & OT leaders across multiple industries. You will be informed on the challenges, solutions, and mistakes many businesses in America face, and you will leave the summit with the information you need to secure your own business from cyber threats.

Members of the Global Cyber Alliance can enjoy a discount of saving $510 on your 2-Day conference pass inclusive of access to presentations, seated lunches, and refreshments during the networking sessions. At check-out, use the code GCA30 to save.

Please click the link below to get more information about the summit and to register.

Quad9 logo

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!