Online security companies set sights on a more secure internetPublish date: 06 September 2011 by Ryan Noik
Kaspersky Lab, developer of secure content and threat management solutions, today announced a collaboration with Emerging Threats Pro, which the company explained will ultimately result in better protection for computer users. Emerging Threats Pro produces a professional grade IDS and IPS ruleset for Snort and Suricata based on the Emerging Threats open source project. The ruleset focuses on malware and major vulnerabilities, as well as providing known bad IP lists and IP/DNS reputation feeds. Kaspersky Lab uses this ruleset for its in-lab internal research work.
The cooperation between the two companies entails collaboration on exchanging malware samples as well as on extending Emerging Threats Pro ruleset coverage. To this end, the company explained that Kaspersky Lab’s specialists have already begun feeding data to Emerging Threats Pro in order to improve the ruleset for all its users and thus ultimately make the internet a safer place. Nikita Shvetsov, director of anti-malware research at Kaspersky Lab, elaborated that both companies’ combined efforts will produce ‘expertise synergies’ for both organisations to optimise their malware signatures, which will then trickle down to better internet security.
“Our team is excited about the collaboration with Kaspersky Lab. The IDS and anti-virus industries are fighting the same battle, so working closely together as non-competitive companies only makes sense - to strengthen both our organisations’ expertise and offerings,” added Matt Jonkman, the chief executive officer of Emerging Threats Pro.
News of the collaboration comes less than a week after Kaspersky Labs warned
of an increase in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, which the company explained were increasingly being used as a form of protest against the activities of both governments and major corporations.