San Francisco: US cybersecurity officials said on Thursday that Amazon, Google and Microsoft have joined to help them fight ransomware and protect cloud computing systems from hacker attacks.
According to the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), these tech giants are among the companies that have signed up to become part of the Joint Cyber Defense Cooperation Organization, which aims to combine government and private skills and resources to combat hackers.
“With these extraordinarily capable partners, our initial focus will be on efforts to combat ransomware and developing a planning framework to coordinate incidents affecting cloud service providers,” said CISA director Jen Easterly.
US President Joe Biden last week expressed concern about the recent increase in cyberattacks, including via ransomware, which typically see hackers encrypting victims’ data and then demanding money for restored access.
“If we end up in a war, a real shooting war, with a major power, it’s going to be as a consequence of a cyber breach,” Biden said.
Easterly introduced the new collaborative at a Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas, where professionals from across the industry met to share research and innovations.
“Damages from cybercrime is costing the world trillions; and ransomware has become a scourge,” Easterly said in a keynote presentation at the event.
“I want to focus on strengthening the government’s collaboration with the private sector — industry, academia, researchers, hackers.”
According to CISA, the new center will participate in coordinating national cyber defenses and sharing insights on threats, as well as participating in joint exercises.
Easterly urges more computer security companies to join the cooperation.
Those who have signed up include Amazon Web Services, AT&T, Crowdstrike, FireEye, Google and Microsoft.