On August 5, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced the formation of the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC) to combat rising cyberattacks from other countries, including communist China.
The JCDC will bring together government agencies and private industry to collaborate on US cyber-defense operations to counter cyberattacks and threats from abroad.
Amazon Web Services, AT&T, Crowdstrike, FireEye Mandiant, Google Cloud, Lumen, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, and Verizon are among the private industry partners currently involved in the JCDC. The JCDC is expected to attract more partners from various sectors as it grows.
The Department of Defense, U.S. Cyber Command, the National Security Agency, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Sector Risk Management Agencies are among the government agencies involved.
“The JCDC presents an exciting and important opportunity for this agency and our partners – the creation of a unique planning capability to be proactive rather than reactive in our collective approach to dealing with the most serious cyber threats to our nation,” CISA Director Jen Easterly said in a prerecorded virtual keynote on Thursday at the Black Hat USA 2021 cyber security conference.
Easterly also stated that the JCDC was inspired by the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, a group formed by Congress that includes members of both the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as the House and Senate Homeland Security committees.
The United States has been subjected to increasingly severe cyberattacks in recent years. In March, Microsoft revealed that a flaw in its Exchange server enabled a group of Chinese hackers to attack thousands of businesses.
Last month, the US Department of Justice named four Chinese hackers. Three of them worked for the Chinese regime’s Ministry of State Security in Hainan, and the other was associated with a government agency front company called “Hainan Xiandun.” From 2011 to 2018, the four were accused of infiltrating the computer systems of dozens of companies, universities, and governments in the United States and other countries. They were accused of conducting global computer intrusion campaigns aimed at intellectual property and confidential business information, as well as infectious disease research and economic espionage.