M3AAWG and FIRST join forces to make internet a safer place

The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) and Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) have unveiled that they will work together to combat growing internet abuse and cybersecurity issues.

The two groups plan to combine forces to develop and train abuse desk and incident response teams in best practices of Domain Name Systems (DNS) abuse and incident response. Based on data from ICANN, DNS abuse remains a huge issue that threatens the safety and security of the internet.

Experts in both groups also will collaborate on how to protect organizations and users from online abuse and messaging spam. The groups will also examine additional topics they can tackle, including potentially online abuse topics and related policy and emerging issues in security.

“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 collaborating and sharing expertise to amplify our efforts,” said M3AAWG Executive Director Amy Cadagin.

“The combination of our group’s focus on messaging abuse and incident response complements the deep expertise in M3AAWG on messaging, mobile abuse and online safety, and we look forward to sharing our knowledge to develop practitioners and help protect users and companies,” said Chris Gibson, FIRST executive director.

Based on its mission to fight online abuse, M3AAWG has worked on a number of issues related to protecting users online; recent guidance includes an objectionable content takedown template, protecting parked domains and brand domain protection.

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