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New Platform Collects COVID-19 Threat Intelligence

Pandemic-Related Threat Feed Designed to Assist Efforts to Mitigate Risks
Nick Espinosa of COVID-19 Cyber Threat Coalition

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, creating new threats and cybersecurity challenges. As a result, a group of companies, including Cloudflare and GitHub, are joining with 3,000 volunteers to collect pandemic-related threat intelligence. The group, called the COVID-19 Cyber Threat Coalition, hopes that its threat intelligence platform will help thwart cybercriminals' efforts to take advantage of the pandemic.

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Nick Espinosa, a spokesman for the group, says the collaboration includes companies from a wide variety of sectors that may have not have participated in other threat intel collaborations.

The platform is designed to supplement the existing defensive structures with a public threat feed, Espinosa says. It's already ingesting 100 million indicators of compromise a day.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Espinosa discusses:

  • What types of threats enterprises are facing as cybercriminals try to take advantage of the pandemic;
  • What types of threat intelligence the COVID-19 Cyber Threat Coalition is collecting;
  • How the healthcare industry is continuing to get hit by ransomware.

Espinosa, who is CEO of Security Fanatics , is spokesperson for the COVID-19 Cyber Threat Coalition. He’s the co-author of the cybersecurity book "Easy Prey", a TEDx speaker and host of The Deep Dive, a syndicated radio show.

About the Author

Jeremy Kirk

Jeremy Kirk

Managing Editor, Security and Technology, ISMG

Kirk is a veteran journalist who has reported from more than a dozen countries. Based in Sydney, he is Managing Editor for Security and Technology for Information Security Media Group. Prior to ISMG, he worked from London and Sydney covering computer security and privacy for International Data Group. Further back, he covered military affairs from Seoul, South Korea, and general assignment news for his hometown paper in Illinois.

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