There’s a new “brotherhood” hackers should watch out for. It’s not small, either. An army of tech companies are pledging to do their best to protect innocents from cyberattacks. Microsoft has just adhered to it, joining 33 other companies in doing so.
The Cybersecurity Tech Accord is a promise to protect users from cyber attacks organized by criminal minds or governments. There are four principles all members have to adhere to, starting with the full disclosure of information that might point to a security threat and the immediate collaboration of the companies that signed the accord.
Microsoft is one of the latest to do so. The company has joined other 33 IT companies in the effort to defend “innocent targets and enterprises” from hackers.
“We’ll work with one another to establish formal and informal partnerships with industry, civil society and security researchers, across proprietary and open source technologies to improve technical collaboration, coordinated vulnerability disclosure and threat sharing, as well as to minimize the levels of malicious code being introduced into cyberspace,” said Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of Microsoft.
All of them pledged to deliver products and services that value users’ security, while giving them tools to protect themselves if the need arises.
The company is joined by RSA, Avast, Bitdefender, FireEye, Symantec, Arm, Orace and more. Two social networks are joining the fight, by the way: LinkedIn and Facebook, in another attempt to atone for its mistakes.