Russia-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab have been awarded a research project by the Singapore government under the National Cybersecurity R&D Programme to provide an innovative solution for identifying source of APT malware.
In collaboration with the National University of Singapore (NUS), the research project by Kaspersky Lab is one of the nine cybersecurity projects awarded by the Singapore National Research Foundation with a total of $15.6 million grant.
Launched in November 2016, the National Cybersecurity R&D Programme Grant Call highlights the potential for translational and deployability of cybersecurity ideas and technologies. It identifies three priority areas, namely; national security, critical infrastructure and smart nation.
The grant call particularly eyed research projects that examine key technology areas including effective threat-based detection, analysis and defense, secure IoT system, and security-by-design and testing of emergent technologies.
Kaspersky Lab worked with the NUS to develop its research project titled, "Malware Source Attribution through Multi-Dimensional Code Feature Analysis" to create automated solutions that will help malware analysts and security response teams understand the similarities in malware used across cyber-attacks more efficiently and pinpoint the attackers quickly.
Last month, the US government banned all federal agencies from using Kaspersky software stating that “the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies” are a security concern.
The Russian company denied the allegations and said in a statement: “Kaspersky Lab doesn’t have inappropriate ties with any government, which is why no credible evidence has been presented publicly by anyone or any organization to back up the false allegations made against the company”.
Kaspersky Lab is one of the world’s largest and oldest antivirus software companies and claims to have 400 million users worldwide.