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UAB's Gary Warner Receives M3AAWG J.D. Falk Award for Developing Collaborative Cybersecurity Education Program

UAB's Gary Warner Receives M3AAWG J.D. Falk Award for Developing Collaborative 
Cybersecurity Education Program 
MONTREAL, QC -- (Marketwired) -- 10/23/13 --   M3AAWG 29th General
Meeting - One person's passion, insight and behind-the-scenes resolve
has given rise to a new approach to training 21st century "digital
detectives" who can better identify cybercrime and protect end-users.
Gary Warner has developed the University of Alabama's Center for
Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research into a
multi-dimensional educational program that has successfully
collaborated with law enforcement and the industry in fighting
real-world email and Internet threats. Recognizing his
accomplishments, the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working
Group today presented Warner its annual J.D. Falk Award for
innovative work contributing to the good of the online community. 
"Cybercrime criminals are well equipped and fairly blatant. Yet there
are few academic programs out there teaching cyber-forensics and
anti-abuse work. Gary Warner has made it his life's work to develop a
graduate degree in computer forensics that, from the ground up,
emphasizes the strategic thinking and experience-based knowledge
needed to detect malicious behavior and block threats. By educating a
new breed of security expert, his work is also ensuring a safer
Internet for future generations," said Chris Roosenraad, M3AAWG
Co-Chairman. 
Warner, UAB's Director of Research in Computer Forensics, takes a
pragmatic approach to online security and his commitment to
protecting the Internet goes back to the early 1990s when, as a young
computer scientist, he began volunteering long hours to fighting
viruses because, as he said at the time, "our field is putting users
all over the world at risk and it's my responsibility as a computer
guy to make sure the tools we made aren't harming people."  
Today he tells his students, "If your research isn't going to help
stop crime or help protect consumers and companies from real world
cyber threats, it's not research I want to do in my lab." As a
result, the Center's reports have been instrumental in analyzing
spear phishing campaigns, detecting fraudulent advertisers, and
identifying computers covertly sending spam that app
eared to be from
financial institutions or federal agencies such as the FBI, the IRS
and the Social Security Administration. It also contributed to the
takedown of Koobface, a computer worm targeting social media users. 
Established in 2011, the Center involves professors, students and
industry partners from diverse disciplines who collaborate on its
stated goal of "making the world a safer place for citizens of the
21st century." It primarily focuses on computer forensics, classical
wet chemistry forensics, image processing and natural language
processing forensics. Started as a "broom closet" lab with two
students, Warner has overseen its growth into an important industry
resource of 40 researchers with five professors who are making
concrete contributions to safeguarding end-users.  
Among current research projects, the Center is looking at malicious
voice- and video-over-Internet (VoIP) malware that can access
confidential information on users' devices. It also is researching
malware that can be triggered by hidden messages -- undetectable to
humans -- in music, videos or light from a TV.  
Graduates of the program are now part of cyber investigation teams
identifying and combating bots, DDoS attacks and other threats at
government law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, the CIA and the
U.S. State Department. The industry's largest Internet firms and
financial institutions have hired its students. Warner has also
co-founded the anti-phishing and cyber-intelligence start-up
Malcovery Security based on the Center's pioneering research. 
The J.D. Falk Award is named after a founding member of M3AAWG who
was passionate about safeguarding the Internet, end-user security and
the value of collaborative work. It recognizes individuals for
specific achievements that enhance the Internet experience, protect
end-users, and embody his spirit of volunteerism and community
building. The 2013 award was presented at the opening session of the
M3AAWG 29th General Meeting in Montreal. The four-day meeting, held
jointly with the London Action Plan, was attended by 400 security
experts from around the globe. 
About the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group
(M3AAWG) 
The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG)
is where the industry comes together to work against bots, malware,
spam, viruses, denial-of-service attacks and other online
exploitation. M3AAWG (www.M3AAWG.org) represents more than one
billion mailboxes from some of the largest network operators
worldwide. It leverages the depth and experience of its global
membership to tackle abuse on existing networks and new emerging
services through technology, collaboration and public policy. It also
works to educate global policy makers on the technical and
operational issues related to online abuse and messaging.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., M3AAWG is driven by market
needs and supported by major network operators and messaging
providers. 
M3AAWG Board of Directors: AT&T (NYSE: T); Cloudmark, Inc.; Comcast
(NASDAQ: CMCSA); Constant Contact (NASDAQ: CTCT); Cox Communications;
Damballa, Inc.; Facebook; Google; Oracle/Eloqua; Orange (NYSE and
Euronext: ORA); PayPal; Return Path; Symantec; Time Warner Cable;
Verizon Communications; and Yahoo! Inc. 
M3AAWG Full Members: 1&1 Internet AG; Adobe Systems Inc.; AOL; BAE
Systems Detica; CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL); Cisco Systems, Inc.;
CloudFlare; Dynamic Network Services Inc.; Email Sender and Provider
Coalition; Experian Marketing Services; Genius; iContact; Internet
Initiative Japan (IIJ, NASDAQ: IIJI); LinkedIn; Mailchimp; McAfee
Inc.; Mimecast; Nominum, Inc.; Proofpoint; Scality; Spamhaus; Sprint;
and Twitter. 
A complete member list is available at
http://www.m3aawg.org/about/roster.  
Media Contact:  
Linda Marcus, APR
1+714-974-6356 (U.S. Pacific)
LMarcus@astra.cc
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