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OTA and ISOC Combine Resources to Enhance Online Trust, Security and Privacy

05 April 2017

Online Trust Alliance to operate within Internet Society as key initiative

April 5, 2017 - Bellevue, Wash. and Washington, DC - The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) and the Internet Society (ISOC) today announced that the two global non-profit organizations have combined resources, expanding the reach and impact of the Internet Society to a broader group of stakeholders and industry members.

The two organizations have a mutual history of working with their members to promote initiatives that enhance online security. Under the agreement, OTA will operate within the Internet Society, and members will automatically become Internet Society members. Together they will build and expand multiple initiatives including OTA’s annual Online Trust Audit and Cyber Incident Response Guide, and Internet of Things (IoT) Trust Framework.

 “OTA and ISOC are excited to join forces in order to improve online trust, enhance data security, promote responsible privacy practices, and bolster the development and use of an open Internet,” said OTA President and Executive Director, Craig Spiezle. “By working together, OTA’s vision and mission will be sustained and amplified with the resources, reach and stature of the Internet Society.”

“The Internet Society and OTA share the belief that trust is the key issue in defining the future value of the Internet,” said Internet Society President and CEO, Kathryn Brown. “Now is the right time for these two organizations to come together to help build user trust in the Internet. At a time when cyber-attacks and identity theft are on the rise, this partnership will help improve security and data privacy for users,” added Brown.

Founded in 1992, the Internet Society is the organizational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Backed by more than 95,000 individual members and supporters, 122 Chapters around the world, as well as more than 110 organizational members, the Internet Society achieves change through partnerships and expertise in policy, technology and development.   

Founded in 2004, OTA has played a key role in bringing together public and private sector stakeholders to develop best practices that maximize consumer trust and consumer protection. It has galvanized industry leaders to develop technical standards and guidelines to fight spam and malvertising, and advance Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), email authentication, native advertising and IoT security and privacy best practices. OTA’s members and supporters include leaders spanning the technology, ecommerce, social networking, mobile, email, interactive marketing, financial, service provider, government agency and industry organization sectors. The Online Trust Alliance has been recognized by numerous government agencies and trade groups for their contributions and objective voice of reason, focusing on online trust and user empowerment.

“OTA’s dedication to increasing online trust, and promoting security and privacy has been valuable cross industry globally,” said American Greetings Interactive Executive Director, Head of Technology and Operations Joseph Yanoska. “We have enjoyed and valued working with OTA for more than ten years, and look forward to leveraging ISOC’s reach and OTA’s public-private relationships to make the Internet more trustworthy for consumers and the online retail community.”

"OTA and ISOC share a deep interest in security and privacy,” said Internet Society Trustee and author of “The Internet for Dummies,” John Levine. “OTA's experience driving adoption of privacy technology and its long-standing relationships with online businesses bring a new dimension to ISOC."

For more information about the new initiative, please see https://www.internetsociety.org/otalliance.

About OTA

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) is a charitable non-profit think-tank with the global mission to enhance online trust and user empowerment while promoting innovation and the vitality of the Internet. Its goal is to help educate businesses, policy makers and stakeholders while developing and advancing best practices and tools to enhance the protection of users' security, privacy and identity. OTA supports collaborative public-private partnerships, benchmark reporting, and meaningful self-regulation and data stewardship. Its members and supporters include leaders spanning the public policy, technology, ecommerce, social networking, mobile, email, interactive marketing, financial, service provider, government agency and industry organization sectors. https://otalliance.org

About the Internet Society

Founded by Internet pioneers, the Internet Society (ISOC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet. Working through a global community of chapters and members, the Internet Society collaborates with a broad range of groups to promote the technologies that keep the Internet safe and secure, and advocate for policies that enable universal access. The Internet Society is also the organizational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). http://www.internetsociety.org/