The Spanish multinational is joining a key accord among a group of leading companies from around the world in the interest of defending equitable, global cybersecurity, an accord that over 60 leading technology and security companies have already joined.

Protecting our digital world is in the interest of everyone. With this in mind, Panda Security announces that it is joining the Cybersecurity Tech Accord and its public commitment to act responsibly, protect, and empower users and clients, and in this way improve the security, stability, and the resilience of cyberspace.

Three months after the announcement of the creation of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, there are already 61 companies from all over the world that have joined in order to defend users against malicious attacks. Panda Security is among the renowned organizations who have joined in the last few hours, along with Aliter, Anomali, Balasys, Billennium, Cognizant, Cyber Services, Hitachi, Imperva, Integrity Partners, Panasonic, Predica, Rockwell Automation, Safetica, SecuCloud, Swisscom and Telelink. All of them join an expanding community of like-minded companies that aim to improve the resilience of cyberspace against malicious activities, and that, as a group, reaffirm their commitment to empowering users, developers, and clients so that they can better protect themselves.

Called for by Microsoft, the accord establishes a scope for collaboration, and creates mechanisms for the periodic exchange of information related to incidents or other important aspects related to cybersecurity; it calls for the sharing of methodologies to improve IT security; sharing of knowledge in this area, and support for the training and education of users, professionals, and companies in this area.

“The main commitment of Panda Security is to allowing people and organizations to enjoy technology safely, and without risks. Safeguarding our clients’ digital lives using high performance, secure, efficient systems, that are capable of fighting any kind of threat,” states Juan Santamaría, Panda Security’s CEO. “Cybersecurity is a challenge that we must face in a coordinated way, and it is precisely for this reason that we have made official our commitment via this collaboration agreement,” he adds.

As well as a first rate relationship and coordination among the signatories, the Cybersecurity Tech Accord works to defend and promote digital technologies in society, to supervise important aspects of the world’s communications infrastructure, including cloud based client relationships, collaboration tools, and endpoint, data center, and encryption security. The principals of protection for everyone.

Every company that is a signatory of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord is committed to four areas:

Greater defense against cyberattacks

As part of this, recognizing that everyone deserves protection, the participants commit to protect all clients all over the world, independently of the motivation for the online attacks.

Protecting citizens and companies

The companies will not help governments to launch cyberattacks against innocent citizens or businesses, and will protect them against tampering with and exploitation of technology products and services during their development, design, distribution and use.

A scene of collaboration

The companies will do more to empower developers and the people and companies that use their technology, helping them to improve their capacity to protect themselves. This can include working together on new security practices and new features that the companies can implement in their individual products and services.

Collective action

The companies will build on existing relationships, and will establish formal and informal partnerships with industry, civil society, and security researchers, across proprietary and open source technologies to improve technical collaboration, coordinated vulnerability disclosure, and threat sharing, as well as to minimize the levels of malicious code being introduced into cyberspace.

Proof of this firm commitment to collective action can be seen in the recent support of MANRS, an association whose aim is to guarantee secure and resilient Internet access via the protection of routing infrastructure. Or the recent association with the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise a global platform for countries, international organizations and private companies to exchange best practices and expertise on cyber capacity building, while maintaining the values of a free, open and secure Internet.

The accord is open to considering new signatories, who must be previously approved by the other members of the accord, independently of the sector the company is from or its size, who are trusted and already have high cybersecurity standards and who adhere to the principals of the accord.

Efforts aimed at protecting users independently of where they are from, or their geopolitical situation.