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Cyber Peacekeeping Forces are building the world’s first blockchain based cyber incident reporting platform that will facilitate (inter)national public private partnership among law enforcement agencies, large organizations, SMBs and citizens.

The platform streamlines cyber incident reporting, improves reporting time, reduces bureaucracy, saves costs, create more accurate statistics, aggregates and shares responsibly cyber threat intelligence within a trusted ecosystem and uses the wisdom of the crowd to fight cyber crime.

The world’s first blockchain based cyber incident reporting platform, that sounds interesting. But who’s behind it?

“We are five young, ambitious and practical idealists. Our backgrounds range from cyber security, software engineering and entrepreneurship. We believe that together we can change the world and make it more safe and secure. Though, we think this is only possible through a wide spread collaboration between of between public and private organizations that are honest, open and transparent communication among the stakeholders. This collaboration should be coordinated well, so their efforts and resources are used optimally.”

“We believe that together we can change the world and make it more safe and secure.”

What’s the problem you aim to tackle?

“The relentless growth of cybercrime remains a real and significant threat to our collective security. It is concerning how an expanding cybercriminal community has been able to further exploit our increasing dependence on technology and the internet. On the other hand, there is an increasing shortage of skilled Cyber Security professionals, which makes the initial gap only wider. Due the fact that companies work in individual silo’s, it is just them against large networks of organized cyber criminal groups that actively conspire.”

This is indeed an alarming and growing problem. But how do you want to solve this?

“We, Cyber Peacekeeping Forces, are building the world’s first blockchain based cyber incident reporting platform that will facilitate (inter)national public private partnership among law enforcement agencies, large organizations, SMB’s and citizens.The platform streamlines cyber incident reporting, improves reporting time, reduces bureaucracy, saves costs, create more accurate statistics, aggregates and shares responsibly cyber threat intelligence within a trusted ecosystem and uses the wisdom of the crowd to fight cyber crime.

This is not off-the-shelf product like a scan or e-learning. It’s an alliance, next generation platform that creates awareness about the real cyber threats and can be used to prevent incidents. This is a highly innovative solution that can proactively lower the cyber risk that organizations face nowadays by providing critical insights to those who join our alliance. Additionally, the platform can be utilized to provide advice and assistance before, during and after cyber incidents. The opportunities are endless!”

What technology do you use? And how can blockchain play a role in it?

We prototyped a web-facing cyber incident reporting platform on a distributed ledger. In essence, we use a scalable private/permissioned database (BigchainDB) with blockchain characteristics. That will support parties (who do not necessarily know and/or trust each other, due to incompatible business models, belief systems, competing goals or) to collaborate, communicate and coordinate efforts on different occasions due to the added value that blockchain technology offers.

We use blockchain to guarantee not only 100% CIA, but also to enable continuous security and compliance capabilities, anti-fragility, immutability, auditability, smart contracts, tokenomics and many more. Our technological solution unsiloes otherwise siloed intelligence that can help prevent incidents across a wide range of public and private organizations.”

How can organisations use this platform in practice?

“Organizations are now judged for how they handle cyber incidents. So when a ransomware attack occurs at a bank, let’s say in California, this organization will be able to anonymously report key indicators of compromise, incident information as well as how they handled the case. Our platform is a priceless intelligence, for example, for other banks or organizations from other sectors (e.g. transport, oil and gas, medical). It is valuable because when others companies are hit by the same or similar ransomware, they will be able to better respond to the situation.

Also, let’s say a Dutch transport company is DDOSed. That company will be able to report to the platform. By doing this other logistics companies will be able to prepare and expect similar situations. It’s about awareness!”

But why should a company want to report an incident that can help the competitors prepare and possibly prevent similar incident?

“Simply, because when a company is honest, open and transparent about its security status that will generate and nurture trust in its clients and partners. Therefore, the organizations who are not part of the platform will be less trustworthy, which is an incentive for those who are not yet part of the alliance to join and report when cyber incidents. Sharing is caring!

The platform will be also extended to facilitate and boost various process, just one example, lodging cyber insurance claims to insurers.”

With this concept, you already won several prizes. Congratulations on that!

“In April 2018, we won the 2nd prize at the worlds largest blockchain hackathon in Groningen organized by DutchChain. Here we gained considerable traction and attention from numerous organizations, but besides, we won 25000 euro! With this money, we were able to follow the incubation program of Techruption at the Brightlands Smart Services Campus. This program will help us validate and develop further the product in terms of technical, legal, business model, organizational, administration, strategic partnerships, management aspects…”

“We aim to create trust through decentralized technology cross industry partnerships.”

What are your ambitions for the future?

We have already established partnerships with the Dutch National Police, cyber security firms, software development companies, academics and independent cyber security professionals. But our mission is to become the world’s first and leading Cyber Incident Reporting, Intelligence Sharing and Analysis Performing organization, and therefore, make the online world more safe and secure. By leveraging technology to increase trust, fostering continuous collaboration, streamlining resources and efforts, we can collectively win the battle against the malicious threat actors.

We aim to create trust through decentralized technology cross industry partnerships. We also intent to share responsibly intelligence that can help various organizations and/or individuals prevent costly cyber incidents from occurring at first place.”

Author: Aleksandar B. Shopski, translation: Maureen van Brandenburg
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