CompTIA, the non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce, announced a number of initiatives to assist IT companies affected by the global ransomware outbreak.

CompTIA member organisations are assisting and supporting other IT companies and via them the customers who have been affected by the ransomware attack.

MJ Shoer, senior vice president and executive director of the CompTIA ISAO said “Within hours of the attack being discovered more than three dozen members of the CompTIA Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) offered assistance, including driving or flying to impacted companies to provide additional ‘boots on the ground,’ as well as sharing communications, incident response strategies, technical support and other resources.”

CompTIA is creating a Rapid Response Team, comprising of internal and member resources, to assist any IT firm that is the victim of a cyberattack, whether or not they are a CompTIA member.

In addition, the CompTIA ISAO’s Cyber-Forum is giving near-real-time updates on the attack, with the information open to the entire industry, not just ISAO members.

“This was a global attack impacting companies around the world, reminding us that we face unprecedented threats from cyberattacks, unlike any threat we have collectively faced in the past. That is why it is critical that we engage in an active discourse that discourages ‘cyber-shaming’ and encourages public and private organizations to come forward immediately and share as much threat intelligence as possible to limit the damage of these attacks and to ward off future incursions.” Shoer said.

“Kaseya just holds the unfortunate distinction of being the company attacked, even as they were working on closing down the very vulnerability that the attackers used,” he said. “Kaseya is to be commended for their transparency throughout this attack.”