The IT trade association says the CompTIA ISAO is dedicated to advancing the cybersecurity resiliency of the global technology industry. Organisations can share real-time threat intelligence, analysis of potential impacts, coordinated countermeasure response efforts, cybersecurity best-practice adoption, and workforce education.
CompTIA adds that it will serve as the focal point for dealing with cyberthreats to technology vendors, MSPs, solution providers, integrators, distributors, and business technology consultants.
The announcement was made at CompTIA’s EMEA member and Partner Conference in London.
“We are in a time of unprecedented and malicious hacking activity, much of which is targeted specifically at technology product, service and solution companies,” said MJ Shoer, senior vice president, executive director of the CompTIA ISAO.
“CompTIA aims to improve the cybersecurity landscape in the UK by bringing together the know-how and power of the industry to deliver timely, relevant, actionable threat intelligence that companies can use to protect themselves and more importantly, to keep their customers safe and secure.”
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Sharing threat intelligence
The CompTIA ISAO, which launched in the US in 2020, currently has around 1,200 member companies. Axcient, ConnectWise, Dark Cubed, Dell Technologies, and Sophos are Industry Partners of the CompTIA ISAO. It is a member led initiative governed by three councils, the Executive Advisory Council, the MSP Champions Council and the SME (Subject Matter Expert) Champions Council representing all categories of CompTIA ISAO membership.
“In the current climate of cybercrime, one of the best ways to sharpen the industry’s defences against today’s cyberattacks, including ransomware, is through industry experts sharing threat intelligence. This move to launch the CompTIA ISAO in the UK will advance industry collaboration and innovation, and Sophos is proud to be a part of this effort,” said James Wilson, product director, Sophos.
“Having access to SophosLabs Intelix within the ISAO gives members easy and quick access to actionable, relevant threat intelligence from Sophos. Research from SophosLabs continually highlights how adversaries are constantly adapting their tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) to breach targets and carry out attacks and emphasises how essential it is for us to work together.”
Additionally, partnerships have been forged with the Information Technology-Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC) and TruSTAR to build out the threat intelligence feed and custom reporting that will serve as the backbone of the CompTIA ISAO. This ensures that members will receive critical, targeted, real-time information in a way that’s easy to understand and act upon.
“Raising the cybersecurity resilience of the global tech industry is important for everyone,” Shoer explained. “This is how, together, we will fight back against this existential threat and do the right thing for our industry and the global economy.”