Intelligent Tech Channels Issue 47 - Page 12

SECURITY NEWS
ESET to support a new security group founded to help protect research and education sector

Cybersecurity vendor ESET , has backed senior malware researcher Marc- Étienne Léveillé as a founding member of the Security Assistance For Education and Research ( SAFER ) Trust Group .

SAFER is a new organisation of independent security experts who have united to better secure the research and education sector ( R & E ) against global threats . ESET , as the only organisation from the private sector , joins a number of public organisations in support of the founding members , who will contribute their expertise to protect and further support safer education and research .
SAFER is a new organisation focused on fighting cyberthreats to academia , research and the education sector globally . It has been founded by security experts supported by their respective organisations , including ESET , and aims to offer a truly global incident response capability to research and education organisations under attack .
As a member-driven organisation , SAFER does not accept applications , but nominates candidates who are actively working in pursuit of securing the R & E sector . Each member has made meaningful contributions to the security of the R & E sector , thus becoming recognised and trusted . Backed by ESET ’ s malware research team , Marc-Étienne Léveillé collaborated with the R & E sector during his extensive research on Windigo and Kobalos . Kobalos is a Linux backdoor that targets supercomputers , especially those used in academia and scientific
ESET has been a supporter of education , academia and research for many years . This is reflected in the creation of the ESET Foundation , which aims to promote education , research and progress of science for the benefit of society . institutions . The research ESET pursued on Kobalos was done in collaboration with CERN , another organisation supporting SAFER . Other organisations that support the work of the SAFER group include LBNL , DFN-CERT , ESnet , STFC and WLCG .
ESET has been a supporter of education , academia and research for many years . This is reflected in the creation of the ESET Foundation , which aims to promote education , research and progress of science for the benefit of society . Among its other activities , the ESET Foundation awards the achievements of Slovakia-based scientists in its annual ESET Science Award . Investing in the education and development of the community , especially children , is also a main priority of the ESET Foundation . The collaboration with the Slovak University of
Each member has made meaningful contributions to the security of the R & E sector , thus becoming recognised and trusted .
Technology in Bratislava , where tech-focused employees of ESET teach inter-academic subjects and conduct research , is a clear example of ESET ’ s support of academia . ESET also publishes its own cybersecurity research to promote awareness of threats on WeLiveSecurity .
ESET ’ s support of SAFER as a new initiative to protect the R & E sector in a world of rising threats from international criminal organisations and nation states , is a fitting contribution to its mission for a safer Internet .
12