34 global technology and security companies on Tuesday signed what they called a Cybersecurity Tech Accord aimed at defending “all customers everywhere from malicious attacks by cybercriminal enterprises and nation-states.”
The 34 companies include ABB, Arm, Cisco, Facebook, HP, HPE, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, and Trend Micro, and together represent operators of technologies that power the world’s internet communication and information infrastructure.
The Tech Accord will help to protect the integrity of the one trillion connected devices we expect to see deployed within the next 20 years,” said Carolyn Herzog, General Counsel, Arm. “It aligns the resources, expertise and thinking of some of the world’s most important technology companies to help to build a trusted foundation for technology users who will benefit immensely from a more security connected world.”
The companies said they 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.
They also pledged to mount a stronger defense against cyberattacks, do more to empower developers and the people and businesses that use their technology, and to build on existing relationships and together establish new formal and informal partnerships with industry, civil society and security researchers.
“The real world consequences of cyber threats have been repeatedly proven. As an industry, we must band together to fight cybercriminals and stop future attacks from causing even more damage,” said Kevin Simzer, Chief Operating Officer, Trend Micro.
Companies that signed the accord plan to hold their first meeting during the security-focused RSA Conference taking place in San Francisco.