Left-Right: CTA President Michael Daniel; Marty Roesch, Cisco; Greg Clark, Symantec; Amnon Bar-Lev, Check Point; Mark McLaughlin, Palo Alto Networks; Ken Xie, Fortinet; Vincent Weafer, Intel Security
Left-Right: CTA President Michael Daniel; Marty Roesch, Cisco; Greg Clark, Symantec; Amnon Bar-Lev, Check Point; Mark McLaughlin, Palo Alto Networks; Ken Xie, Fortinet; Vincent Weafer, Intel Security

Michael Daniel, former special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator for the White House, has been named as the first president of the Cyber Threat Alliance.

The Alliance, based in California, is a not-for-profit organisation formed a month ago to share cyber-crime threat intelligence and is open to technology vendors, government agencies, non-profit groups and corporations.

The core requirement for membership is the ability to provide a thousand unique malware executables every day that don't overlap with Virus Total.

In a press conference at the RSA 2017 conference in San Francisco yesterday, it announced that it has added Cisco and Check Point Software Technologies as new founding members, alongside Fortinet, Intel Security, Palo Alto Networks and Symantec.

Taking their place alongside Daniel was Vincent Weafer, SVP of McAfee at Intel Security; Ken Xie, founder, chairman and CEO at Fortinet, Mark McLaughlin, chairman and CEO of Palo Alto; Amnon Bar-Lev, president of Check Point; Greg Clark, CEO of Symantec; and Marty Roesch, chief architect, security business group at Cisco.

"The whole premise of the CTA is bringing together multiple organisations that collectively see more than any one of them alone," Daniel said.

He added, the CTA will eventually reach out to various governments as well to improve threat sharing between private and public entities. "The long-term goal has got to be to cover as much of the ecosystem as we possibly can. That is inevitably going to, down the road, involve how we actually share information back and forth with governments."