VirusTotal's Team is strongly interested in malware and ICT security research, we are always willing to help researchers and to participate in research projects. In the past we have been engaged in national and international publicly funded research projects, ranging from regional research aids to fully fledged European Union 7th Framework Programme projects.
If you are looking for a research partner in some national/international project and VirusTotal's services and nature fit with your partnership needs, do not hesitate to contact us, we will be glad to hear from you. Below you can find a non-exhaustive list of the most notorious research projects in which VirusTotal has been involved in some way.
Worldwide Observatory of Malicious Behaviors and Attack Threats. European Commission 7th Framework Programme ICT project. Total cost: 4.42 million euro. EU contribution: 2.89 million euro.
The WOMBAT project aimed at providing new means to understand the existing and emerging threats that were targeting the Internet economy and the net citizens. To reach this goal, the proposal included three key workpackages:
The acquired knowledge was shared with all interested security actors (ISPs, CERTs, security vendors, etc.), enabling them to make sound security investment decisions and to focus on the most dangerous activities first. Special care was also be devoted to impact the level of confidence of the European citizens in the net economy by leveraging security awareness in Europe thanks to the gained expertise
FORWARD was a coordination action that aimed at promoting collaboration and partnership between researchers from academia and industry involved in the protection of ICT infrastructures against cyber threats such as malicious code (viruses, botnets, spyware), spam and phishing. The goal was to identify, network, and coordinate the multiple research efforts that were underway in these areas and leverage these efforts with other activities to build secure and trusted ICT systems and infrastructures.
The main objectives of the project were:
SysSec. European Commission 7th Framework Programme Network of Excellence. Total cost: 2.95 million euro. EU contribution: 2.5 million euro.
When the project was proposed the consortium was witnessing an ever-increasing amount of cyberattacks on the Internet. Prolific, ingenious, and ranging in style from large-scale worms to "under the radar" phishing attempts, cyberattacks had evolved to unprecedented levels of sophistication. To counter these cyberattacks, defenders were (mostly) developing safeguards, after the attack was made. In the meantime, while defenders were busy with mending the fences, attackers had already developed and planned their next strike. What the consortium had realized over the preceding decade was that the world was facing an asymmetrical threat: unless addressed, that asymmetrical threat would have defenders locked into a vicious cycle: chasing after attackers without ever being able to catch up.
The consortium believes that in order to advance the field of cybersecurity, it must act proactively and in synergy to change the rules of the game: instead of being reactive to cyberattacks, one should become proactive. Instead of cleaning after existing (or past) attacks, one should work on predicting threats and vulnerabilities and build defense before threats materialize. Research combined with effective synergies is critical to realize this game-changing plan. SysSec proposed to create a Network of Excellence in the field of Systems Security for Europe to play a leading role in changing the rules of the game.
Capitalizing on the results of the FORWARD coordination action and building on strong synergies with Industry and Policy makers, SysSec planned:
IEEE Standards Association Working Group.
The Malware Working Group's aim is to solve some of the malware related issues the industry faces today. The initial focus has been to establish more intelligent ways of sharing malware samples and the information associated with them in a way that makes the computer security industry more effective.
More information about the working group and its current tasks are available on the ICSG Malware Working Group homepage.
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