Toronto, ON – A new technology to identify malware and other cyberattacks that have infected computers could be ready for the prime time.
The new tool is called the Threat Mitigation System and was developed by the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Security Technologies and is one of several security initiatives the university is putting in place to combat cyberattacks.
The university says it has developed the software with the aim of reducing the chances of hackers compromising sensitive data.
“The goal of this work is to make sure that any time a malware or other cyberattack is detected, there is a clear warning and a way to prevent that happening,” said University of Toronto professor Eric Gros, the lead developer.
The threat detection tool uses the system of network-connected devices called firewalls.
They automatically connect to networks of computers around the world and provide an analysis of incoming and outgoing traffic.
“This technology has been developed by security researchers from the University at Buffalo,” said Paul Smith, professor of computer science at the university.
“There’s no doubt that cyberattackers have been using the technology for a while and they’re using it for different kinds of malicious attacks, such as spamming, phishing and phishing attempts,” said Smith.
Gros says the new system is not new to the university, but that it was developed as a tool to help protect its own researchers.
“They’ve done this for a long time, they’re very good at this,” said Gros.
The tool uses software developed by University of Ottawa researcher and expert David Wigdor.
The researchers used Wigdors original code for the system to create the new tool.
“I think we’re going to have a very interesting time.
We’re really hoping this will be used by researchers around the globe to see how quickly it can be adopted by the general public,” said Wigson.
Smith said he’s excited about the potential of the tool, and that it could help prevent a lot of the malicious attacks that have been going on.
“We have a lot more information that can be gathered about the systems we are protecting,” said said Smith, adding that there’s a lot less information out there about how to protect systems from malware and malicious software.
The University of Ontario’s cybersecurity department will have the tool available for free in the coming months.