CTA expands; M. Daniel joins as President

Michael Daniel has been appointed President of The Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA) and six industry leaders collaborate on automated threat intelligence sharing platform.

Left-Right: CTA President Michael Daniel; Marty Roesch, Cisco; Greg Clark, Symantec; Amnon Bar-Lev, Check Point; Mark McLaughlin, Palo Alto Networks; Ken Xie, Fortinet; Vincent Weafer, Intel Security
Left-Right: CTA President Michael Daniel; Marty Roesch, Cisco; Greg Clark, Symantec; Amnon Bar-Lev, Check Point; Mark McLaughlin, Palo Alto Networks; Ken Xie, Fortinet; Vincent Weafer, Intel Security

The Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA) today announced the appointment of Michael Daniel as the organization’s first president and its formal incorporation as a not-for-profit entity. Additionally, founding Members Fortinet, Intel Security, Palo Alto Networks, and Symantec today announced the addition of Check Point Software Technologies and Cisco as new alliance founding Members. Together, the six founding Members have contributed to the development of a new, automated threat intelligence sharing platform to exchange actionable threat data, further driving the CTA’s mission of a coordinated effort against cyber adversaries.

“As a founding Cyber Threat Alliance member since 2014 and consistent driver for automated threat intelligence sharing, Palo Alto Networks is pleased at the continued forward momentum toward collectively improving the industry’s defenses against advanced cyber adversaries. Our mission is to maintain trust in today’s digital world, and the collective intelligence from the Cyber Threat Alliance eco-system furthers our ability to enable our customers to successfully prevent cyber breaches,” explained Mark McLaughlin, chairman and CEO at Palo Alto Networks.

In addition to expanding its founding Members, the CTA has added new affiliate Members, including IntSights, Rapid7 and RSA, who join existing Members Eleven Paths and ReversingLabs.

Greg Clark, CEO Symantec says, “Our greatest weapon in the defense against cyber attackers is the vast power of our combined data and insights. Possessing one of the world’s largest pools of threat data carries significant responsibility, and the CTA provides us with an important coordinating mechanism to enable rapid sharing of that threat intelligence with global businesses. In today’s hyper-connected world, a single piece of malware could cripple global economies or even put lives in danger. The technology investments we’re making as members of the alliance aims to strengthen the protection of people everywhere.”

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