Aims to simplify and standardise security research and prevention.
Facebook has rolled out a new cybersecurity framework dubbed ‘ThreatData’ in a bid to simplify and standardise security research and prevention.
The new framework works by combining data associated with malware, phishing, and other online threats across the web for both real-time and long-term analysis, which can then be used by Facebook systems to mould and plot against emerging threats for immediate action.
Facebook threat researcher Mark Hammell said that the company decided to employ own framework to construct a light-weight set of hashes expressly not detected by chosen anti-virus product and feed those hashes directly into custom security event management system.
"The results have been impressive: we’ve detected both adware and malware installed on visiting vendor computers that no single anti-virus product could have found for us," Hammell said.
The information would be fed into a schema called a ‘ThreatDatum’, which can store not only the basics of the threat while also the circumstance in which it was bad.
"We’re constantly finding new ways to improve and extend the ThreatData framework to encompass new threats and make smarter decisions with the ones we’ve already identified," Hammell added.
The social media major claims that placing all the information related to threat under a single roof enables detecting attacks and trends punctually, even sooner than security research firms.
In the midst of ongoing disclosures about the massive NSA snooping and debate over internet security and privacy, Facebook has been working to boost safety of sensitive data, mostly via internal developments and engineering.