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Industry collaboration programs
Microsoft has several industry-wide collaboration programs.
These programs have different objectives and requirements. Enrolling in the right program can help you protect your customers, gain more insight into the current threat landscape, or assist in disrupting the malware ecosystem.
Virus Information Alliance (VIA)
For individuals or organizations in the cybersecurity industry
The VIA program gives members access to information that will help improve protection for Microsoft customers.
For example, the program can provide malware telemetry and samples to security teams to help identify gaps in their protection, prioritize new threat coverage, or better respond to threats.
You must be a member of VIA if you want to apply for membership to the other programs.
Go to the VIA program page for more information.
Microsoft Virus Initiative (MVI)
MVI is open to organizations who build and own a Real Time Protection (RTP) antimalware product of their own design, or one developed by using a third-party antivirus SDK.
Members get access to Microsoft client APIs for the Windows Defender Security Center, IOAV, AMSI, and Cloud Files, along with health data and other telemetry to help their customers stay protected.
Members submit their antimalware products to Microsoft for performance testing to on a regular basis.
Go to the MVI program page for more information.
Coordinated Malware Eradiation (CME)
For individuals and organizations in the cybersecurity industry
The Coordinated Malware Eradication (CME) program is open to organizations who are a member of VIA and are involved in cybersecurity and antimalware or interested in fighting cybercrime.
The program aims to bring organizations in cybersecurity and other industries together to change the game against malware.
It calls for organizations to pool their tools, information and actions to drive coordinated campaigns against malware. The ultimate goal is to create efficient and long-lasting results for better protection of our collective communities, customers, and businesses.
Go to the CME program page for more information.