San Francisco, United States:
US cybersecurity officials said on Thursday that Amazon, Google and Microsoft have signed up to help them fight ransomware and protect cloud computing systems from hackers.
According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the tech giants are among the companies signed up to be part of a Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative designed to combine government and private skills and resources to fight hackers.
“With these extremely capable partners, we will initially focus on fighting ransomware and developing a planning framework to coordinate incidents with cloud service providers,” said CISA Director Jen Easterly.
US President Joe Biden last week expressed concern about the recent surge in cyberattacks, including via ransomware, in which hackers typically encrypt victims’ data and then demand money to restore access.
“If we get into a war, a real gun war, with a great power, it will be the result of a cyber breach,” Biden said.
Easterly introduced the new partnership at a Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas, where professionals from across the industry gathered to share research and innovation.
“Cybercrime damage costs the world trillions, and ransomware has become a scourge,” Easterly said in a keynote presentation at the event.
“I want to focus on strengthening government collaboration with the private sector — industry, academia, researchers, hackers.”
The new center will be involved in coordinating national cyber defense and sharing threat insights, as well as participating in joint exercises, CISA said.
Easterly urged more computer security companies to join the partnership.
The list of those who have already signed up includes Amazon Web Services, AT&T, Crowdstrike, FireEye, Google, and Microsoft.
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