Passionate Cyber Organizations
Getting to know organizations who are working to reduce in the cyber environment is very important to emerging cyber leaders. The factor that is consistent among all of them is that they were launched by people with a passion for helping others and who know the evolving threat. Here are a few organizations that you should know.
Global Cyber Alliance
The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector effort dedicated to eradicating cyber risk and improving our connected world. GCA explains how they achieve their mission:
- Uniting Global Communities: We must stand as a global community, across sectors and geography, if we are to effectively address cyber risks.
- Implementing Concrete Solutions: We build concrete solutions that reduce and eradicate cyber risk, and we make those solutions freely available for any organization or individual to use.
- Measuring the Effect: We believe in measuring effectiveness. We must measure to know we are doing the right things, and metrics drive action. We need to know what works and what does not.
International Association of Certified ISAOs
The International Association of Certified ISAOs (IACI) IACI promotes information sharing through guidance, by assuring awareness of threats and providing management services supporting Government and Industry reduction of cyber risks. This coordinated development of partnerships allows all entities across the world an opportunity to become cyber resilient. IACI will continue to lead the way with analysis, community building and advocacy.
IACI is a 501(c)6 non-profit with offices at Kennedy Space Center, Titusville, Florida, USA and Vienna, Austria. IACI was founded by the Defense Industrial Base Information Sharing and Analysis Center, Webster University, and the Global Institute for Cyber Security Research.
Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu
Founded in 2012, the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) is a National 501(c)3 non-profit community, focused on empowering women to succeed in the cybersecurity industry. WSC’s mission is to advance women in cybersecurity careers by providing programs and partnerships that promote hands-on training, networking, education, mentoring, resource-sharing and other professional opportunities.
WSC serves thousands of women across the globe by bringing awareness to, and advancing careers in, cybersecurity. The WSC community includes information security professionals, IT professionals, programmers, computer scientists and engineers, as well as women wanting to explore and join the field. Recognizing the importance of encouraging girls to embrace a future in STEM-related professions through its Cyberjutsu Girls Academy, WSC provides a unique hands-on curriculum focused on securing information technology. For more information, visit http://www.womenscyberjutsu.org
The Center for Internet Security
The Center for Internet Security (CIS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, formed in October, 2000. Its mission is to “identify, develop, validate, promote, and sustain best practice solutions for cyber defense and build and lead communities to enable an environment of trust in cyberspace”. The organization is headquartered in East Greenbush, New York, with members including large corporations, government agencies, and academic institutions.
CIS employs a closed crowdsourcing model to identify and refine effective security measures, with individuals developing recommendations that are shared with the community for evaluation through a consensus decision-making process. At the national and international level, CIS plays an important role in forming security policies and decisions by maintaining the CIS Controls and CIS Benchmarks, and hosting the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC).
National Association of ISACs
The mission of the National Council of ISACs (NCI) is to advance the physical and cyber security of the critical infrastructures of North America by establishing and maintaining a framework for valuable interaction between and among the ISACs and with government. Members of the Council are the individual Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISAC) that represent their respective sectors.
Information Sharing and Analysis Centers help critical infrastructure owners and operators protect their facilities, personnel and customers from cyber and physical security threats and other hazards. ISACs collect, analyze and disseminate actionable threat information to their members and provide members with tools to mitigate risks and enhance resiliency. ISACs reach deep into their sectors, communicating critical information far and wide and maintaining sector-wide situational awareness.
Internet Security Alliance
ISA was founded in 2001 in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University. ISA membership is open to public and privately held entities and currently has substantial participation from the aviation, banking, communications, defense, education, financial services, health care, insurance, manufacturing, security and technology industries. Structured as a multi-sector international trade association, ISA is a unique organization. They combine the thought leadership of a think tank with the advocacy of a trade association and the programs of a professional association.
Membership in ISA is open to public and private entities. The current membership represents a wide range of industry – defense, insurance, banking, utility, manufacturing, IT, security, agribusiness, utilities, healthcare, retail, aerospace and cyber research industries. And, the Board of Directors are cyber security experts from these industries.
The International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals (ICMCP)
ICMCP is working to extend our reach and mission through the delivery of programs around the country. From Chapter Programs and Events, Regional Summits, to Tours”, to our Annual Conference – programs and events help ‘message’ our mission, and they work to bring us ALL closer together in support of OUR important work.
As the demographics of the U.S. population continue to become more diversified, the importance of increasing the participation of women and minorities in the workforce becomes of paramount concern. Since cybersecurity is one of the biggest challenges to our Nation’s national and economic security and we’re facing a major talent shortfall in the industry, strategies to ensure all capable talent regardless of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation feel welcome and included are critical. Under-participation by large segments of our society represents a loss of opportunity for individuals, a loss of talent in the workforce, and a loss of creativity in shaping the future of cybersecurity. Not only is it a basic equity issue, but it also threatens our global economic viability as a nation.