The .cat domain joins the global list of partners of the Global Cyber Alliance

April 2, 2024
El .cat s’uneix a la llista mundial de socis de la Global Cyber Alliance

After months of negotiations, the Fundació .cat adheres to the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), an international alliance dedicated to the launch of initiatives and resources to improve network security.

With this incorporation, the GCA gains a very valuable partner for the Domain Trust project, which seeks to build an international and intersectoral action community to address the problem of domain abuse, one of the plagues of the Internet and one of the main pillars of cybercrime. Domain abuse, for example, is key to phishing and online fraud, two crimes that move billions of euros internationally each year.

The .cat Foundation is the holder and manager of the .cat domain, created in 2005 as a central piece for the expansion and consolidation of the digital ecosystem in Catalan, one of the most dynamic and committed in Europe. About to start its twentieth anniversary, this domain accredits a history of growth and spectacular implementation in all spheres of the digital life of Catalan speakers, from business and technology to education and culture.

In addition to its foundational commitment to the Catalan language, the strong territorial implantation of the .cat domain makes it a unique ally for the dissemination of the free cybersecurity tools that the GCA has been compiling and distributing around the world since 2019. These tools, grouped within the Cybersecurity Toolboxes and the ACT project, do not yet speak Catalan, which is why this collaboration opens up very interesting future possibilities for both organizations.

In the words of Terry Wilson, GCA’s International Director of Alliances, ‘the agreement with the .cat Foundation is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the value of our initiatives—that is, cybersecurity and cyber hygiene in general—for growth processes based on digitalization and Internet presence. Doing so with a partner like .cat, so established in its territory, gives us capillarity and a mechanism to link the success of our actions to other added factors, such as identity and language.’

According to Roger Serra, CEO of the Fundació .cat: ‘The adherence of .cat to the GCA reinforces our commitment to Cybersecurity.’

The agreement between the Fundació .cat and the GCA, finally, is integrated into a succession of news that confirms the growing social importance of cybersecurity and the generation of trust in the Network: new legislative processes in the European Union, internal reforms in the domain registry industry, coordinated police actions against organized cybercrime groups… As part of this trend, the GCA and the Cybersecurity Agency of Catalonia also recently announced a collaboration agreement in areas such as the protection of interconnected devices (IoT) or the cyber hygiene of citizens.

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