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CISA Releases Malware Next-Gen Analysis System for Public Use

CISA’s Malware Next-Gen system is now available for any organization to submit malware samples and other suspicious artifacts for analysis.

CISA's Malware Next-Gen Analysis System

The US government’s cybersecurity agency CISA has released its threat hunting and internal malware analysis system for public use, promising capabilities for the automatic analysis of potentially malicious files or uniform resource locators (URLs).

The system, called Malware Next-Gen, will now be available for any organization to submit malware samples and other suspicious artifacts for analysis and will allow CISA to more effectively support partners by automating analysis of newly identified malware.

In a statement, CISA said the Malware Next-Gen service is used at US federal agencies to analyze, correlate, enrich data, and share cyber threat insights with CISA’s partners.  

Since November, CISA said Malware Next-Gen has been available to .gov and .mil organizations with nearly 400 registered users submitting more than 1,600 files. The agency said the system has pinpointed approximately 200 suspicious or malicious files and URLs that were quickly shared with partners. 

“All organizations, security researchers and individuals are encouraged to register and submit suspected malware into this new automated system for CISA analysis,” the agency said.

 CISA said the malware analysis is performed by a combination of static and dynamic analysis tools in a secure environment and results are available in PDF and STIX 2.1 data formats. 

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Ryan Naraine is Editor-at-Large at SecurityWeek and host of the popular Security Conversations podcast series. He is a security community engagement expert who has built programs at major global brands, including Intel Corp., Bishop Fox and GReAT. Ryan is a founding-director of the Security Tinkerers non-profit, an advisor to early-stage entrepreneurs, and a regular speaker at security conferences around the world.

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