Some of the world’s top IT companies came together in an effort to fight cyberattacks and keep the world wide web a secure place for people.
Yesterday, 34 of the world’s leading IT companies and security firms signed the Cybersecurity Tech Accord during the first day of the RSA Conference in San Francisco, California. The accord’s primary goal is to protect the online environment from malicious actors who aim to inflict economic harm, put people at risk, and compromise the trust that is significant to an “open, free, and secure internet.”
Some of the technology companies who participated include Microsoft, Facebook, Oracle, HP, and Cisco. On the other hand, Avast, FireEye, F-Secure, Symantec, and Trend Micro are just some of the cybersecurity firms who signed up.
In a blog published by Microsoft on Monday, the company’s president, Brad Smith, called on other tech companies to join them.
“It is an important step that already has broad support from many of the tech sector’s leaders and cybersecurity firms. And in the coming weeks and months, we are confident that these numbers will grow further,” he said.
The Cybersecurity Tech Accord has four core principles that all member companies must adopt. These principles are as follows:
- We will protect all of our users and customers everywhere.
- We will oppose cyberattacks on innocent citizens and enterprises from anywhere.
- We will help empower users, customers, and developers to strengthen cybersecurity protection.
- We will partner with each other and with like-minded groups to enhance cybersecurity.
“Protecting our online environment is in everyone’s interest. The companies that are part of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord promise to defend and advance technology’s benefits for society. And we commit to act responsibly, to protect and empower our users and customers, and help create a safer and more secure online world,” Smith went on to say.