CISA Announces Malware Next-Gen Analysis

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CISA Announces Malware Next-Gen Analysis

Updated analysis system enhances scalability, streamlines workflow and empowers threat hunts 

WASHINGTON – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announces today a new release of our malware analysis system, called Malware Next-Gen, which allows any organization to submit malware samples and other suspicious artifacts for analysis. Malware Next-Gen allows CISA to more effectively support our partners by automating analysis of newly identified malware and enhancing the cyber defense efforts.

Timely, actionable intelligence on malware, such as how it works and what it is designed to do, is crucial to network defenders conducting potential cyber incident response and/or threat hunts.  Malware Next-Gen provides advanced and reliable malware analysis on a scalable platform, capable of meeting the increasing demands of future workloads. The integrated system provides CISA analysts and operations community members with multilevel containment capabilities for the automatic analysis of potentially malicious files or uniform resource locators (URLs).

“Effective and efficient malware analysis helps security professionals detect and prevent malicious software from enabling adversary access to persistence within an organization. Malware Next-Gen is a significant leap forward in CISA’s commitment to enhancing national cybersecurity,” said CISA Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity Eric Goldstein. “Our new automated system enables CISA’s cybersecurity threat hunting analysts to better analyze, correlate, enrich data, and share cyber threat insights with partners. It facilitates and supports rapid and effective response to evolving cyber threats, ultimately safeguarding critical systems and infrastructure.”

Since November, Malware Next-Gen has been available to .gov and .mil organizations. Nearly 400 registered users have submitted more than 1,600 files resulting in the identification of approximately 200 suspicious or malicious files and URLs, which were quickly shared with partners. While members of the public may submit a malware sample; only authorized, registered users are able to receive analytical results from submissions.

All organizations, security researchers and individuals are encouraged to register and submit suspected malware into this new automated system for CISA analysis. For more information, visit: Malware Next-Generation Analysis.

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As the nation’s cyber defense agency and national coordinator for critical infrastructure security, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency leads the national effort to understand, manage, and reduce risk to the digital and physical infrastructure Americans rely on every hour of every day.

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