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A new collaboration between Trend Micro and Deakin and Macquarie universities aims to put an end to cybercrime in Australia.

The new teaming up is sort of like The Avengers, but the group will be researching and fighting cyber-crime instead of super villains.

The joint project announced today aims to "develop innovative approaches to effectively identify malicious web domains and sites", with over 90% of malware delivered via the internet.

Using evidence-based research and big data analytics, the research team will analyse the web threats specifically targeting Australia and look at developing tools and capabilities to enhance the levels of online security. Another goal is to raise public awareness of cyber threats and educate users on how they can best protect themselves.

The three-year project stems from a research grant awarded through the Australian Research Council Linkage Projects scheme, and is part of the AU$58.4 million investment in research from the Gillard Government announced in 2012.

According to the team the project will utilise multiple sources of heterogeneous data, machine learning and data mining algorithms, and a new correlation approach to identify malicious domains and websites. A full-time dedicated researcher has been appointed to work on the project.

And according to an Australian Research Council announcement, the project “can secure the cyberspace that is essential to the daily work of Australian people, thus addressing a fundamental problem in safeguarding Australia from cybercrime and terrorism.”

Trend Micro ANZ Managing Director Sanjay Mehta said, “Cyber attacks have reached a high a level of frequency and severity both on an international scale and here in Australia, with reports of these attacks - and their impacts on Australian businesses and individuals - becoming commonplace. We must continue to innovate to stay ahead of emerging threats and collaboration between universities and the private sector is a vital component in advanced research."

Deakin University's Prof Yang Xiang said, "Australia is a remarkably internet-dependent country and it is fundamentally important to improve the security of internet usage. This project aims to solve a problem in this area, and provides a catalyst for furthering research collaboration nationally and internationally."

Meanwhile Dr Jon Oliver, a Melbourne-based senior global threat researcher at Trend Micro, said, “Massive amounts of threat-specific data are being collected and we’ll be using big data analytics to identify, correlate, and analyse new threats. The team will be able to distinguish which web threats are attacking Australia specifically and whether they are impacting individuals or particular business segments.”

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David Swan

David Swan is a tech journalist from Melbourne and is iTWire's Associate Editor. Having started off as a games reviewer at the age of 14, he now has a degree in Journalism from RMIT (with Honours) and owns basically every gadget under the sun. He also writes for Junkee and Fasterlouder. You can email him at david.swan@itwire.com or follow him at twitter.com/mrdavidswan

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