Secure Chorus publishes its Annual Report FY 2020-2021
SECURE CHORUS, 12TH FEBRUARY 2021
Secure Chorus, a not-for-profit membership organisation, published its Annual Report FY 2020-2021.
Since the founding of Secure Chorus, our vision has been consistent: to be a not-for-profit membership organization which provides a platform for global multi-stakeholder collaboration to address systemic cybersecurity challenges and improve Information Communication Technologies (ICT), safeguarding innovation and protecting institutions, businesses and individuals.
The outbreak and spread of COVID-19 have impacted all of our lives in ways we could not have imagined. I am immensely proud of Secure Chorus’ team for their undivided commitment throughout this challenging year and in the face of business continuity uncertainty.
Their dedication and passion have allowed Secure Chorus to remain focused on its effort to develop state-of-the-art technology standards that support security, interoperability and regulatory compliance by design and to champion them as a competitive advantage that creates value for organizations across the private and public sector.
Key achievements from our work in FY 2020-2021 include the completion of our leapfrog project focused on the development of interoperability standards for encrypted messaging applications – powered by the open cryptographic standard MIKEY-SAKKE.
Secure Chorus’ interoperability standards will not only provide messaging apps, which offer strong end-to- end encryption, but will also alleviate the constraining forces of vendor lock-in, allowing enterprise users to choose their preferred messaging apps. Just as phone numbers connect customers of different telephony networks, Secure Chorus’ interoperability standards will allow encrypted communication between users of different messaging apps.
Following the completion of our leapfrog project, in December 2020, Secure Chorus signed a cooperation agreement with the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI). The cooperation agreement covered the transfer of ownership in the interoperability standards to ETSI.
ETSI operates on a not-for-profit basis and is one of only three bodies officially recognised by the EU as a European Standards Organization (ESO). ETSI – with over 900-member organizations drawn from 65 countries and five continents – is at the forefront of emerging technologies across all sectors of industry and society that make use of ICT.
Our partnership with ETSI is the achievement we are most proud of; the cooperation agreement is the result of 7 months of intense negotiations and will allow for accelerated wide adoption of these interoperability standards as well as their further development.
This year was also marked by important awards, honours and other recognitions bestowed on our founder, Elisabetta Zaccaria, in recognition of her work with Secure Chorus, including being named for the prestigious accolade – ‘IFSEC Global Influencers in Security & Fire 2020’ for her ability to drive multi-stakeholder cooperation and cybersecurity in the field of ICT.
In closing, I would like to thank our founders, members, employees and advisors who despite facing extraordinary and often challenging circumstances themselves, have remained committed to Secure Chorus and delivered great impact.
As we move forward, though, it is of prime importance that we remain committed to serving as a platform for multi-stakeholder cooperation. We want to help develop secure, interoperable and regulatory compliant ICT.
The Annual Report 2020-2021 is available to members and other interested parties via this link.
About Secure Chorus Ltd
Secure Chorus is a not-for-profit membership organisation serving as a platform for multi-stakeholder cooperation, for the development of forward-looking strategies, common technology standards and tangible capabilities in the field of information security.