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Coordinated Malware Eradication

Coordinated Malware Eradication (CME) aims to bring organizations in cybersecurity and in other industries together to change the game against malware.

While the cybersecurity industry today is effective at disrupting malware families through individual efforts, those disruptions rarely eradicate malware families, since malware authors quickly adopt their tactics to survive.

CME calls for organizations to pool their tools, information and actions to drive coordinated campaigns against malware. The ultimate goal is to drive efficient and long lasting results for better protection of our collective communities, customers, and businesses.

Read our introductory blog post on Coordinated malware eradication.

Combining our tools, information, and actions

Diversity of participation across industries and disciplines, extending beyond cybersecurity, makes eradication campaigns even stronger across the malware lifecycle. For instance, while security vendors, computer emergency response/readiness teams (CERTs) and Internet service providers (ISPs) can contribute with malware telemetry, online businesses can identify fraudulent behavior, and law enforcement agencies can drive legal action.

In addition to telemetry and analysis data, Microsoft is planning to contribute cloud-based scalable storage and computing horsepower with the necessary big data analysis tools built-in to these campaigns.

Read our blog on our “intelligent” sandbox and other machine-learning tools used at Microsoft.

Coordinated campaigns for lasting results

Organizations participating in the CME effort work together to help eradicate selected malware families. These organizations operate under a campaign umbrella with clearly defined end goals and metrics. Any organization can initiate a campaign and invite others to join it.

Read our blog Coordinated malware eradication nears launch to see how the campaign process is evolving.

Join the effort

Organizations can participate in CME campaigns by enrolling in the Virus Information Alliance (VIA) program.

Please contact us at cme-invite@microsoft.com to get started.

You can also see answers to frequently asked questions about the program.