Microsoft, Facebook, Dell and 37 other companies operating in the United States have signed a Cyber Attack pact pledging not to assist offensive government cyber attacks. That means, even if the government of United States desires to launch cyber attacks on the critical infrastructure of its enemy nations ( like Russia, China, and North Korea), the said 37 firms will not assist the objective of government- even if it is for national security.
Furthermore, the pledge also commits them to work together in creating security awareness among the populace to build up a resilient global tech ecosystem.
The top 4 bullet points of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord which the firms are agreeing to are-
• We will protect all of our users and customers located on a global note.
• Pledge to oppose any cyber attacks on innocent populace and businesses
• Help raise awareness to strengthen cybersecurity protection
• Pledge to partner with each other and with like-minded groups to enhance cyber security
Readers of the cybersecurity insiders are hereby informed that the notable companies which missed the agreement are Amazon, Apple, Google, and Verizon.
Some security analysts feel that the companies which are missing in the list might have shown a blind eye due to some political pressures put forward by white house and trump administration.
The companies which signed the Cybersecurity Tech Accord are LinkedIn, Juniper Networks, Nokia, Oracle, RSA, HP.Inc, SAP, Symantec, Telefonica, Tenable, Trend Micro, VMware, Intuit, FireEye, F-secure, GitHub, Bitdefender, Cisco, CloudFlare, Avast, and Arm.
Note- Those which are missing in the list of 34 companies will be added after confirmation.
A spokesperson from Amazon has disclosed to the media that their decision to join the list is pending and might still take some time to disclose.
Google has almost disclosed that it has no intentions to sign the pact. Apple might not sign the agreement but might support the government in saving the nation from cyber warfare launched by 2-3 countries from the Asian continent.
Verizon is yet to disclose its intentions on signing the cyber attack pledge.