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A new cybersecurity threat intelligence sharing system that will help research and education organizations prevent and mitigate cyberattacks was announced Monday.

Higher education information technology and cybersecurity organizations in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and Australia will collaborate to share intelligence on malware attacks using a platform called MISP.

MISP is a European Union-funded platform for sharing cybersecurity information that is already used by more than 6,000 organizations. The platform allows organizations to share information about cyberthreats with partner organizations in real time.

The founding partners in the collaboration are:

  • Jisc, the U.K.’s technology body for tertiary education
  • AARNet, Australia’s national research and education network
  • The Canadian Shared Security Operations Centre, CanSSOC, a partnership between education institutions in Canada and Canada’s national research and education network
  • OmniSOC, the U.S. higher education shared cybersecurity operations center
  • REN-ISAC, the Research and Education Networks Information Sharing and Analysis Center, based at Indiana University in Bloomington

“This is a great example of global collaboration in the face of a global threat,” said Von Welch, OmniSOC director, in a press release.

“This platform will enhance OmniSOC’s ability to apply threat intelligence for the benefit of our members. Combined with other threat intelligence sources, such as REN-ISAC and that shared by our partners, this global threat intelligence gives OmniSOC analysts a unique perspective,” Welch said.