The Spirit of Secure The Village

We believe it takes a village to secure the village TM.

We believe managing our security and privacy is a community-wide effort.

We believe that we can more effectively manage the community’s cybersecurity and privacy challenges by working collaboratively together to educate and support the people who must make cybersecurity decisions, while advocating for improved cybersecurity and privacy … from the Board Room to the Living Room.

We believe that people working collaboratively together on common challenges creates the opportunity for abundance.

In today’s new normal, success comes through the network … where those with knowledge, know-how, and wisdom join together to amplify and leverage their individual voices.

The Values of our village

  1. Passionate About Data Care: We are passionate about the need for data care, cybersecurity, and privacy.
  2. Recognize Global Challenge and National Priority: We believe data care, cybersecurity, and privacy are global challenges with an urgent national priority required to protect our freedoms and remain economically strong.
  3. Data Care is Patriotic: We believe people and organizations have a patriotic duty to protect and care for their sensitive information and data; that the failure to do so weakens our freedoms and strengthens those who would do us harm.
  4. Data Care is Ethical: We believe people and organizations have an ethical responsibility to care for, secure, and protect others’ data and information as they would want theirs to be cared for, secured, and protected.
  5. Be a Guide: We believe we must educate, support, and advocate for improved data care (cybersecurity, and privacy) helping everyone … from the Board Room to the Living Room …  make sound pragmatic risk-based data care decisions based on the best available cybersecurity principles, frameworks, practices, and technology. 
  6. Be a Mentor. We believe we must mentor and educate our children to be capable of caring for their data, managing their security and privacy, their digital footprints, their online actions, their online safety, and the data of others in their possession.
  7. Build Community Alliances: We believe we best support the community’s data care (cybersecurity and privacy) needs by creating working alliances based on shared values, openness, doing good, having fun, and creating safe spaces that encourage collaboration, cooperation, communication, shared risk taking, and the building of trust.
  8. Co-Create Win-Win-Win-Wins: We believe in co-creating win-win-win-wins where our activities are (i) a win for the immediate population served, (ii) a win for our organizational partners, (iii) a win for SecureTheVillage, and (iv) a win for the broader community. In this way we generate increasing returns, making 1 + 1 = 1,000.
  9. Be Open and Welcoming: We are enthusiastically inclusive. We believe “no one is as smart as everyone.”
  10. Strong Personal Values: We believe the success of our cybersecurity work is rooted in a foundation of strong personal morals and ethics, including honesty, integrity, and a commitment to treat others with the respect we would have them treat us.

Our vision of a cybersecure global village runs deep.

Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace: The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) is helping to promote mutual awareness and understanding among the various cyberspace communities working on issues related to international cybersecurity. GCSC’s Norm 7 on Basic Cyber Hygiene as Foundational Defense states “GCSC believes that fundamental cybersecurity defense through the widespread adoption of cyber hygiene has become essential to the responsible use and beneficial growth of the Internet. Security must be seen as a continuous process with responsibilities distributed among all actors with mechanisms in place, such as automated reporting and information sharing, to ensure appropriate accountability.”

People-Centered Internet: People-Centered Internet (PCI) is a “501(c)3 nonprofit organization working to ensure that the Internet is a positive force for good that improves the lives and well-being of people around the world. This includes promoting connectivity, fighting disinformation, contributing to the discussion about technology ethics, supporting the development of people-centered applications and initiatives, advising policymakers, and leveraging technology to help communities be more resilient.” PCI was founded by Vinton Cerf, one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols, and the architecture of the Internet.

Information Systems Security Association and ISACA: Our situation is analogous to what it was 40 years ago in the founding years of information security. That was when a group of IT professionals from financial services, insurance, the aerospace industry, and others came together to learn together and began to grow a community of information security professionals. This was the birth of ISACA and the Information Systems Security Association, the birth of the cybersecurity profession. 

Our efforts support the higher purpose of advancing the common good.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: SecureTheVillage enthusiastically embraces the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We need everyone to be a CyberGuardianTM, no matter their race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status or political perspective. This means we must be welcoming to everyone, no matter their particular identity. Our leadership in addressing the cybersecurity workforce challenge directly supports addressing the diversity, equity, and inclusion challenge for minorities and others who have historically too often been marginalized.

Weave: the social fabric project: “The Weaver movement is repairing our country’s social fabric, which is badly frayed by distrust, division and exclusion. People are quietly working across America to end loneliness and isolation and weave inclusive communities,” writes Board Chair David Brooks. “Weavers are working to create a better future – a nation brimming with deep, healthy connections, where mutual trust and affection is the standard, equity is implicit, and all people find joy and meaning in daily life.” Weave is “people building connection where there was no connection, creating relationships where there were no relationships, weaving thick neighborhoods where there were thin neighborhoods.” We believe that our work to bring the cybersecurity community together for the common purpose of education, support and advocacy is in the spirit of Weave and we would like to think that in so doing we are helping to heal America.

Advancing the common good in community is part of being human. Historically, it speaks to the understanding that we are stronger together than apart. It speaks even more deeply to our human need for connection and to belong to a community. We do better when we work together, when we share the responsibility of solving problems, when we allow our collective knowledge to help us do the things that are beyond what any of us can do alone. Not surprisingly, we also feel better when we work together to solve big problems; and this collective feeling energizes us to do even more.

Join Our Village.

  • Residents … Be a CyberGuardianTM. Protect yourself and your family.
  • Cybersecurity Professionals … Be a CyberLeader. Join a SecureTheVillage Working Group. Be part of the SecureTheVillage community. Help us deliver education, support, and advocacy.
  • Cybersecurity Organizations… Be a CyberPartner. Join the SecureTheVillage community. Help us deliver education, support, and advocacy.

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