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Groups Launch “Chain of Trust” Initiative to Combat Malware

Three of the world’s leading cybersecurity groups are launching a new initiative to combat malicious software or “malware” by establishing a “Chain of Trust” among all of the organizations and individuals that play a role in securing the Internet.

Developed by the Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC), National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA) and, the Chain of Trust Initiative will link together security vendors, researchers, government agencies, Internet companies, network providers, advocacy and education groups in a systemic effort to stem the rising tide of malware. Applying many of the same approaches used to bring nuisance adware under control, the Chain of Trust Initiative aims to establish a united front against a growing threat.

To help facilitate discussion around the initiative, the ASC is holding a public workshop on May 19 featuring moderated panels and keynotes from leaders in the cyber security and consumer privacy field.   The FBI’s assistant director, Shawn Henry, who oversees the bureau’s computer crime unit, will be giving a morning keynote along with CDT Vice President, Ari Schwartz and Jeff Fox of Consumer’s Union.

Those who are unable to physically attend the conference can follow along with CDT’s live twitter feed (@CDT_LIVE) using the hashtag #asc09.   There will be discussion on the feed and reaction and comments as the workshop unfolds.   Additionally, portions of the conference will be streamed through our UStream Channel, CDT TV.

More information on attending the workshop, including registration and agenda info is available here: