34 leading global technology firms including Facebook, Microsoft, HP, ARM, Cisco, and Oracle have signed Cybersecurity Tech Accord to work together on cybersecurity issues. Under it, signatory companies have agreed to collaborate on stronger defence systems, no offensive cyberattacks, and protect against tampering of their products, capacity building and collective action. The participant companies view Tech Accord as Digital Geneva Convention.
Four Principles of Cybersecurity Tech Accord
- Protect users and customers everywhere
- Oppose cyberattacks on innocent citizens and enterprises
- Empower users, customers and developers to strengthen cybersecurity
- Partner with each other and like-minded groups to enhance cybersecurity
Features of Accord
The four principles of Cybersecurity Tech Accord aimed at advancing online security and resiliency across globe. Signatory companies agreed to mount stronger defence against cyberattacks, regardless of motivation underlying them. They pledged not to help governments launch cyberattacks against innocent citizens or enterprises.
They will protect their products and services from any tampering or exploitation that could enable their use in cyberattacks. They will empower developers, as well as people who use technology products to improve their capacity to defend against cyberattacks. It includes joint work on developing stronger security practices.
Under this accord, signatory companies aim to take collective action to establish formal and informal partnerships with industry, civil society and security researchers, to improve collaboration for disclosure of vulnerabilities and other threats. The goal is to minimize potential for introduction of malicious code.