‘Operation Safety-net’ to Combat Online Threats’

As an outcome of a cooperative global effort by industry and government experts, ‘Operation Safety-Net’ is being released to combat the online threats currently faced by  the world along with the proven best practices to mitigate them.Control_room_at_ESA_

A report was jointly developed by the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) and the London Action Plan (LAP), in which it describes the latest recommendations to protect users and networks from illicit Internet, mobile and telephony attacks.

This report doesn’t just describe today’s threats. It also provides straightforward recommended best practices for governments, businesses, educators and other members of the Internet and mobile industry to join in the fight against these threats.

The report, an easy-to-read synopsis of the current risk environment, was a global collaborative effort from the front line community that fights spam, malware, phishing, hacking and related hazards.

The international community collaboratively developed the report in a public-private partnership led by Andre Leduc, Industry Canada manager of the National Anti-spam Coordinating Body. Industry experts from M3AAWG, LAP and other organizations such as CAUCE (Coalition against Unsolicited Commercial Email) and the APWG (Anti-Phishing Working Group), also contributed to this cause.

Written in plain language, Operation Safety-Net focuses on five areas and their related best practices. Some examples of the proven industry practices to combat these threats include:

  1. Malware and Botnets
  2. Phishing and Social Engineering
  3. Internet Protocol and Domain Name System (DNS) Exploits
  4. Mobile, Voice over IP (VoIP) and Telephony Threats
  5. Hosting and Cloud Threats

“Operation Safety-Net isn’t just for network or operational professionals. It aggregates the anti-abuse industry’s global experience in identifying and curtailing current threats to help non-technical executives understand and manage online risk in their organizations”, said Michael Adkins, Chairman of M3AAWG.

Author: SubEditor

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