Pulling Together in COVID Times

by Laura Baker, CyberWyoming

News of scams and fear abound our world today, but every once in a while I hear some good news about how we are pulling together.

Grandmothers are getting prescriptions for homebound great grandmothers. Companies are providing curbside service. Mask making is becoming a huge community service and anyone with a sewing machine is participating.

But it isn’t just small communities pulling together. The Tech Industry is also participating. For instance, NetSfere is offering free secure messaging for healthcare providers and first responders through June. http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2020/03/19/2003623/0/en/NetSfere-Offers-Free-Secure-Enterprise-Messaging-Services-for-Healthcare-Providers-and-First-Responders-During-COVID-19.html

The new stimulus bill may help and the US Chamber, plus some of our local chambers are involved in making sure that employees have the best chance to keep their job, get sick time needed, and keep their health coverage.

Cyber Super Heroes!

Finally, today I heard that 500 cybersecurity experts from around the world (40 countrieds) have created a COVID-19 Threat Intelligence League. Yes, this is reminiscent of the Justice League but instead of capes picture masks. This League of cyber heroes is prioritizing their efforts on helping hospitals and healthcare facilities fend off ransomware and other hackers that are trying to exploit the COVID-19 health crisis. But they also want to work to neutralize the threats in the first place – cyber intelligence.

It reminds me of when the WannaCry Ransomware came out and a group of white hat hackers closed down North Korea’s internet access for almost 6 weeks in retaliation. They created a 24X7 denial of service for North Korea’s outside internet access. But this time instead of white hat hackers, they are actual cybersecurity experts with other jobs, donating their time in an environment when they are really busy in the first place.

A big thank you to these cyber heroes who work for Microsoft, Okta, ClearSky Scurity and more.

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