The last two years have shown the crippling effect large-scale cyberattacks could have. The WannaCry attack crippled the UK's NHS, Atlanta City Government services were taken offline, and banks had millions stolen. Despite the fix of critical flaws that enabled these attacks, it's clear they won't stop any time soon. The finger is pointed increasingly at Russia, but while NATO considers an offensive approach, the world's biggest tech companies promise otherwise. In an agreement named the Cybersecurity tech accord, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, Cisco, and others espouse the need for a defensive approach. They agree to do this not just individually, but collectively, in collaboration with each other. The tech giants call it a ‘watershed agreement', built with four key principles in mind. Firstly, enhance defense by pledging to protect all customers, regardless of motivation or country of origin.Second, and crucially, they agree to a ‘no offense' policy. They agree not to help government launch cyberattacks against innocent citizens or enterprises and protect against exploitation of their services at every point.
Cybersecurity Tech Accord: Microsoft Promises ‘Defense Not Offense’ along with 33 Major Tech Companies
The Cybersecurity Tech Accord promises that companies involved will collaborate on cyberattack defenses that will protect customers regardless of their motivation. Part of that is an agreement not to use their software to collaborate on attacks.