It is no surprise that with a larger presence and dependence on technology, there have been more hackers and cyberattacks. Cybersecurity has been improving every year and an army of tech companies are pledging to do their best to protect innocent people from cyberattacks. Microsoft is the latest company to join the pledge, adding its name to a list of 33 other major tech companies dedicated to cybersecurity.
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, from the full disclosure of information that suggest a security threat to the immediate collaboration between the companies that signed the accord if a cybersecurity need arises. These companies have joined forces in 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.
These companies pledged to deliver products and services that value users’ security while giving them tools to protect themselves if the need arises.
Microsoft is joined by RSA, Avast, Bitdefender, FireEye, Symantec, ARM, Orace and more. Even social networks LinkedIn and Facebook are part of these accords.