LARAMIE — In an open letter to private philanthropy, the CyberWyoming Alliance, and over 30 professionals from cybersecurity organizations and philanthropic foundations stress the need for more philanthropic giving in cybersecurity.
The letter and signers can be seen at cyberphilanthropy.org starting April 16, 2021.
The latest data from the Peace and Security Funding Index shows that cyber grants made up less than one percent of the $3.7 billion that foundations devoted to peace and security issues since 2012 (less than .007 percent of total foundation giving). However, cyber threats have topped the U.S. intelligence community’s annual assessment of global threats for seven years running, and $4.2 billion in financial losses was reported to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) in 2020.
The need for private philanthropy in cybersecurity is growing. Governments and private corporations spend billions of dollars every year on cybersecurity, but they only have the capacity to focus on immediate threats and toughening their own networks. Private philanthropy can take a longer view, focusing resources on thinking through the underlying laws, norms, and policies that should govern cybersecurity between people, within individual countries, and among nations.
“We felt it was important for the CyberWyoming Alliance to join this effort as it fits perfectly with our mission statement,” said Laura Baker, President of the CyberWyoming Alliance.
“There are a lot of security grants out there for large efforts like for infrastructure, artificial intelligence technology solutions, and SWOT training for law enforcement, but the problem is there is very little that addresses individuals and security at that level. We truly need a cybersecurity national awareness campaign, much like the Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk campaign,” Baker continued.
Show your support for increased philanthropic giving in cybersecurity by using the hashtags #CyberPhilanthropy #ExpandCyberFunding!
The CyberWyoming Alliance is organized exclusively to promote alliances in local communities to share cyber security threat information and advocate for the cyber security societal benefit and welfare of Wyoming citizens, senior citizens, students and the business and nonprofit communities that surround them.
The CyberWyoming Alliance supports cyber security education, awareness, and outreach programs for Wyoming communities. The specific objectives and purpose of this organization are:
- Applying for grant opportunities to fund cyber security education, awareness and outreach programs.
- Collaborating with local community organizations to tailor outreach programs to specific target markets like senior citizens, students, business and nonprofit communities, small municipalities, and local citizens.
- Creating a network for cyber security information sharing in local communities and disseminating threat and new program information to those communities.