U.S. Taps Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Others To Help Fight Ransomware, Cyber Threats

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Aug 09, 2021 02:14 am PST

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The Department of Homeland Security has formally unveiled an initiative called the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative. The effort will initially focus on combating ransomware and cyberattacks on cloud-computing providers, said Jen Easterly, director of the DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Ultimately, she said, it aims to improve defense planning and information sharing between the government and the private sector. The U.S. government is enlisting the help of tech companies, including Amazon.com Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Google, to bolster the country’s critical infrastructure defenses against cyber threats after a string of high-profile attacks.