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RPKI can be an effective anti-abuse tool by helping to not only clean up Internet routing, but to make it more secure by working to prevent leaks and route hijacks. These were some of the topics covered by a panel at the most recent Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) meeting in San Francisco. The panel, titled “Implementing RPKI,” stemmed from an open-round table discussion at a previous M3AAWG meeting:

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Author: M3AAWG Data and Identity Protection Committee

In a recent members’ meeting hosted by the Messaging, Malware, Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group, attendees learned more in a session, "We Used to Be Able to Monitor the Network, Didn't We?" about ensuring that ISP and enterprise security teams can continue to:

Bad actors are always looking for a way to take advantage of the trust that has been built in a brand. We discussed how detrimental this can be in the first blog in this series. In the second blog of the series, we looked at best practices for domain management.

Author: Technical Committee

In its recent 54th general members meeting, the Messaging, Malware, and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) offered several training sessions, including “Learning to Access a Sample API In Python3." Key takeaways are summarized here.

After the foundation is set and the brand has the basic security in place see Part 1 of this series https://bit.ly/3LRzW6s for more info and tips what are the next best steps to help further protect the brand? There are several quick wins that a brand can take to give that added extra line of defense.

The Messaging Malware Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) has named Janet Jones of Microsoft as chairperson of the trusted global forum addressing cybersecurity, abuse and related issues around email and messaging.

The Mary Litynski Award recognizing lifetime achievement for making the Internet safer has been awarded by the Messaging Malware Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) Troy Hunt, founder of Have I Been Pwned.

Phishing is still a top-of-mind threat. In 2020, 75% of organizations around the world experienced some kind of phishing attack (https://www.tessian.com/blog/phishing-statistics-2020/) and this figure increased by 22% in the first half of 2021. And according to a Proofpoint study, 74% of phishing attacks in the US were successful. Overall, the 2021 report from Ponemon and IBM found that data breach costs rose from $3.86 million to $4.24 million, the highest average total cost in the history of this report.

On Jan. 6, 2022, The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) announced and notified the ICANN Board of its support for recommendations made by ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) in SAC118 SSAC Comments on Initial Report of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Team - PHASE 2A.

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