Cybersecurity Orgs Partner to Combat Internet Abuse

Cybersecurity Orgs Partner to Combat Internet Abuse

The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) and Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) are working together to combat increasing Internet abuse and cybersecurity issues, the organizations announced in a prepared statement.

Focus on domain name system (DNS) abuse.

m3AAWG and FIRST said they will work together to develop and train abuse desk and incident response teams in Domain Name Systems (DNS) abuse and incident response best practices. m3AAWG and FIRST cited data from ICANN, which found that DNS abuse remains a major problem that threatens the safety and security of the Internet.

Both groups will work together on how to protect organizations and users from online abuse and message spam. They will also explore additional topics they may tackle, including potential online abuse topics and related policy and emerging issues in security.

Like Amy Cadigan, M3AAWG’s executive director explained:

“We strongly support the mission of FIRST as it relates to the ongoing mission of M3AAWG to protect users and organizations from messaging abuse, malware and other security issues, and we look forward to working together and sharing expertise to strengthen our efforts.”

Chris Gibson, FIRST executive director, added:

“The combination of our group’s focus on message abuse and incident response complements the deep expertise in M3AAWG on Messaging, Mobile Abuse and Online Safety. We look forward to sharing our knowledge to develop practitioners and help protect users and companies.”

Based on its mission to fight online abuse, M3AAWG said it has been working on a number of issues related to protecting users online. Recent guidelines include an offensive content removal template, the protection of parked domains and brand domain protection.

More about M3AAWG and FIRST

m3AAWG) enables cybersecurity industry professionals to work against bots, malware, spam, viruses, denial-of-service attacks, and other online exploits. m3AAWG notes that its membership represents more than one billion mailboxes from some of the largest network operators worldwide. The organization also works to educate global policy makers about the technical and operational issues related to online abuse and messaging.

FIRST strives to bring together incident response and security teams from every country around the world to ensure a safe internet for all. Founded in 1990, FIRST is comprised of Internet Emergency Response Teams from more than 600 corporations, government bodies, universities and other institutions across 100 countries in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania.

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