The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced that it will invest $20 million over five years to help address the threat of cyber attacks against governments, businesses, and individuals.
The foundation's Cyber Initiative will address three problems in the cybersecurity field: the fact that the field is fragmented, which makes collaboration difficult; the need for thought leadership that can keep pace with fast-changing developments; and the technical nature of the issues, which makes the threats difficult for the general public and policy makers to understand. To help address those problems, the foundation will work to develop a network of experts dedicated to keeping the Internet open, secure, and well governed; partner with individuals and other institutions to develop comprehensive analyses of cybersecurity problems and solutions; fill critical research gaps; and attract new funders and funds to the field.
"The Hewlett Foundation has an opportunity to engage...disparate players, learn from them, and experiment with new approaches to field building," said Larry Kramer, the foundation's president. "Cybersecurity represents an exciting opportunity to advance a field that needs attention but is largely new to private philanthropy. If successful, our efforts will yield important security and privacy benefits to individuals, communities, businesses, and the international community.