Google partners with Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft to stop the next Heartbleed


Aside from working the world into a frenzy, the recent Heartbleed phenomenon reminded us that the internet isn’t as sterile as we’d like to think. As a lesson learned, a big group of tech industry heavyweights have joined forces to stop the next big internet security threat before it happens. Companies like Amazon, Facebook, Intel and of course Google have started a new project with the Linux Foundation called the Core Infrastructure Initiative.

Among other things, this group is utilizing its financial resources to build the infrastructure needed to keep the internet as safe as it can be. So far the Core Infrastructure Initiative has received support from 12 major companies that have pledged to donate at least $100,000 a year for the next three years. This commitment alone puts the group’s funding at a hefty $3.6 million.

As for the Linux Foundation’s role, it won’t be handling the money. The organization will act more as a trustee for the group until it figures out where the cash is most needed. Thanks to the huge revelation caused by Heartbleed, SSL security will be a top priority, along with other protocols like ModSSL and PGP.

(via Linux Foundation)


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