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INTERNET SECURITY ALLIANCE AND CYBER SECURITY COUNCIL OF GERMANY ANNOUNCE INDUSTRY ALLIANCE FOR TRANSCONTINENTAL CYBER SECURITY

January 24, 2014

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January 24, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Washington, DC
CONTACT: LARRY CLINTON 202-236-0001 or lclinton@isalliance.org) 

INTERNET SECURITY ALLIANCE AND CYBER SECURITY COUNCIL OF GERMANY ANNOUNCE INDUSTRY ALLIANCE FOR TRANSCONTINENTAL CYBER SECURITY

(WASHINGTON DC-MUNICH GERMANY) The Cyber Security Council of Germany (CSCG) and the Internet Security Alliance (ISA) today announced the signing of a mutual cooperation agreement. The organizations have agreed to develop mutual projects to improve cyber security and jointly advocate for pro-growth, pro innovation policies, leading to a sustainable worldwide system of cyber security.

Arne Schönbohm, President of the Cyber-Security Council Germany and Larry Clinton, President of the Internet Security Alliance, which has international membership based in the USA, issued this joint statement:

“For the past year we have read headlines about the difficulties governments have working together on information security issues. It has become evident, that these difficulties remain – if they haven’t increased, especially in the wake of the NSA affair. It is therefore imperative that the industry collaborates to enhance their cyber security and assist governments in developing policies leading to a sustainable system of cyber security.  The alliance we announce today is a major step in that direction.”

The two organizations have agreed to meet regularly together to discuss issues of mutual concern, share information and develop programs and tools, which intended to lower the cost and increase the ease for corporations to better secure their cyber systems.

The groups also jointly released a detailed policy paper which describes the unique differences between addressing the world wide problem of cyber security and other traditional issues and outlines a social contract between industry and government which relies more on market incentives than traditional regulatory measures to secure these systems against the increasingly sophisticated attacks which are becoming common place.

The industry collaboration will be sealed with the signing of a mutual cooperation agreement which will take place on the 30th of January at 10am (EST) / 4pm (CET) in Washington DC / USA and Berlin / Germany. It will be broadcasted internationally via Skype

The CSCG is politically neutral, pursuing the objective to inform as well as to counsel in the field of cyber security. There is an urgent need for the creation of holistic security architecture to protect Germany, its society, economy and critical infrastructures in cyber space as well as its neighbors.

The aim of the CSCG is to support companies, public authorities and political decision-makers in fighting cyber crime. In order to achieve this aim, the CSCG works as an intermediary to intensify the collaboration between politics, public administration, economy and science. Initiatives and projects, such as round tables, knowledge groups, networks, information events, workshops and awareness campaigns, serve but one purpose: the improvement of IT-security.

Members, partners and associates of the CSC can be found in almost every field of society: academia, law enforcement, public and basic services, healthcare, critical infrastructure providers, (small –and medium sized) businesses, political associations, IT-companies and members of the industrial sector.

About ISA: The Internet Security Alliance (ISA) is a trade association with members from virtually every critical industry sector. ISA’s mission is to integrate advanced technology with economics and public policy to create a sustainable system of cybersecurity. ISA pursues three goals: thought leadership, policy advocacy and promoting sound security practices. ISA’s “Cybersecurity Social Contract” has been embraced as the model for government policy by both Republicans and Democrats. ISA also developed the Cyber Risk Handbook for the National Association of Corporate Directors. For more information about ISA, please visit www.isalliance.org or 703-907-7090.

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