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Submission + - The Consortium for Cybersecurity Action Launches (darkreading.com)

CowboyRobot writes: "The Consortium for Cybersecurity Action (CCA) launched today. Leading the consortium is Tony Sager, formerly of NSA's Information Assurance Division, who describes the CCA as a "volunteer army" that identifies and prioritizes the most important actions to take in order to prevent security breaches. The CCA's first action was to release their Top 20 Critical Security Controls, which is intended to be a guide for organizations to protect themselves from online attack.

"The common strategy of patching vulnerabilities and manually decoding and analyzing packets just isn't working, notes Eric Cole, founder and chief scientist at Secure Anchor. Part of the problem, he says, is that organizations are not using a single playbook for securing their infrastructure. IT, security, auditors, and executives all need to have a common set of metrics."

Members of the CCA are American Express, the Australian Government department of Tertiary Education, Science and Innovation, Australian Defence Signals Directorate, Booz Allen Hamilton, Citibank, Core Security, U.K. Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency, U.S. Department of Defense, Goldman Sachs, Mandiant, McAfee, Mitre, nCircle, NSA, Qualys, Symantec, and Tenable."

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