Nonprofit Cyber launches with mission to increase cybersecurity awareness
Several nonprofit cybersecurity organizations launched Nonprofit Cyber, a first-of-its-kind coalition of global nonprofit organizations to enhance joint action to improve cybersecurity.
All coalition members are nonprofits that serve the public interest by developing, sharing, deploying and increasing the awareness of cybersecurity best practices, tools, standards and services.
Nonprofit Cyber will initially focus on two priorities: building awareness of the work of cybersecurity nonprofits globally and aligning their work to achieve the greatest effect. Envisioned as a “collaboration-of-equals,” each member organization has committed to work in coordination to serve internet users better globally. Coalition members must be a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) nonprofit if organized under U.S. law or hold an equivalent status if organized under the laws of another country.
The twenty-two founding members of Nonprofit Cyber are:
- Anti-Phishing Working Group
- Center for Internet Security
- Center for Threat-Informed Defense
- Cloud Security Alliance
- Consumer Reports
- CREST International
- Cyber Defence Alliance
- CyberPeace Institute
- Cyber Readiness Institute, the
- Cyber Threat Alliance
- Cybercrime Support Network
- CyberGreen Institute
- FIDO Alliance
- Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams
- Global Cyber Alliance
- National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance
- National Cybersecurity Alliance
- Open Web Application Security Project
- Shadowserver Foundation
- Sightline Security
“A large number of nonprofits that focus on cybersecurity implementation are working within their own areas of action toward the joint goal of improving cybersecurity, but the lack of coordination and communication among them can lead to inefficiency and duplication of effort,” said Philip Reitinger, President and CEO of the GCA and incoming co-chair of Nonprofit Cyber. “Better communication and collaboration among these groups will enable programmatic and opportunistic action to improve cybersecurity.”
Nonprofit Cyber welcomes applications for new members that work to implement best practices and solutions at scale. Nonprofit Cyber is focused on these organizations rather than lobbying or policy development and advocacy organizations or industry associations. Information on joining Nonprofit Cyber can be found on its website.