An Enduring Principle: KoolSpan Joins Cybersecurity Tech Accord To Lead Industry Efforts For Collective Cyber-Defense

Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) defines the unique and enduring principle of collective defense – explicitly stating that an attack on one Ally is an attack on all Allies. Although Article 5 has only been invoked once by NATO – in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. – it was an essential part of containing the Soviet Union and contributed to the Western victory in the Cold War. Today, collective defense remains an important component of U.S. global diplomacy.

Following this example from history, leaders from across the technology industry recently joined together to establish collective cyber-defense and response capabilities. This initiative, called the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, is a watershed pact of signatories that commit to defend all customers, everywhere, from malicious attacks by criminal enterprises and nation-states.

Today, I am pleased to announce that KoolSpan has signed the Tech Accord and will be contributing our expertise alongside some of the world’s most important companies overseeing critical aspects of communications infrastructure, including cloud-based customer relationship management, telecommunications, endpoint security, data center security, and encryption.

KoolSpan protects the mobile calls and texts of people, businesses and governments worldwide. Communication security is integral to protecting business confidentiality and personal privacy from unwanted surveillance and corporate espionage.

All Cybersecurity Tech Accord signatory companies make commitments in four areas:

Stronger defense

The companies will mount a stronger defense against cyberattacks. As part of this, recognizing that everyone deserves protection, the companies pledge to protect all customers globally regardless of the motivation for attacks online.

No offense

The companies will not help governments launch cyberattacks against innocent citizens and enterprises, and will protect against tampering or exploitation of their products and services through every stage of technology development, design and distribution.

Capacity building

The companies will do more to empower developers and the people and businesses that use their technology, helping them improve their capacity for protecting themselves. This may include joint work on new security practices and new features the companies can deploy in their individual products and services.

Collective action

The companies will build on existing relationships and, together, establish new formal and informal partnerships with industry, civil society and security researchers to improve technical collaboration, coordinate vulnerability disclosures, share threats and minimize the potential for malicious code to be introduced into cyberspace.

We at KoolSpan, are delighted to join the Tech Accord, commit to absolute security and protection of users, while taking part in leading the way on important policy issues and improving threat information-sharing and technical practices. We believe that the Tech Accord initiatives will have a practical effect on millions of collective customers worldwide.

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