FIRST and Beyond – a History of Elevating Research through Partnerships

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At the FIRST conference in San Juan, Trend Micro’s Forward-looking Threat Research team will be presenting four sessions on a wide range of topics. These sessions will demonstrate a sliver of the research going on at Trend Micro, and some of the partnerships that elevate the research to benefit the global business community. For the past six years, our FIRST membership has provided guidance on what works best regarding research and initiatives.

Research is inspired by the community, and we contribute back as members by presenting our latest findings and best practices.

Are West African Cybercriminals on Safari in Your Network?

• David Sancho presenting June 12 from 2:45-3:30 p.m.

Hunting for Threats in Academic Networks

• Fyodor Yarochkin and Vladimir Kropotov presenting June 13 from 11:15-11:45

Web as Ongoing Threat Vector: Case Studies from Europe and Asia Pacific

• Fyodor Yarochkin and Vladimir Kropotov presenting June 13 from 12:15-12:45

Experiences in Threat Data Processing and Analysis Using Open Source Software

• Morton Swimmer presenting June 16 from 12:15-12:45

What is FIRST?

FIRST is a global community of incident responders. The group deals with attacks, leaks and vulnerabilities to protect their countries – they’re directly exposed to cyber threats on a daily basis. Trend Micro’s partnership with FIRST serves as a sounding board for what works and what doesn’t in regards to security research and protection. For Trend Micro, the information exchange with this community is very important, as their experience and data complements ours and helps provide better protection for customers.

For the past four years, our researchers have presented at FIRST conferences at the global and regional levels, sharing back to the community that supports and helps direct research across the world. There is a high level of sharing among the FIRST community, which makes these events highly valuable.

Why Partnerships Matter

FIRST is one of many collaborations in which Trend Micro researchers partake. These partnerships allow our work to make a larger impact and benefit a wider audience – educating businesses and individuals about the threats they’re facing.

In recent years, Trend Micro researchers have partnered with INTERPOL, NCA, FBI, EUROPOL and others to provide vital intelligence for cybercrime investigations. This includes the arrest of a Nigerian national who led a massive ring of BEC scams.

Collaborating with major industry players demonstrates the value and quality Trend Micro’s research brings to the security community. Partnerships are an integral aspect of the global fight against cybercrime. We plan to continue working with law enforcement and other industry experts.