News | October 10, 2013

EWI Awards 2013 Cybersecurity Award to M3AAWG

The EastWest Institute awarded the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) the 2013 Cybersecurity Award at its annual Awards Luncheon in Washington D.C. on October 10, 2013. M3AAWG officials Chris Roosenraad, co-chairman Michael O'Reirdan, board member and chairman emeritus; and Jerry Upton, executive director, were named as the awardees representing the organization.

M3AAWG has been fighting online abuse for the past decade with the development of industry best practices and by facilitating global collaboration, such as a continuing outreach program in India and past support of anti-spam best practices in China," said Chris Roosenraad, M3AAWG Co-Chairman.

"We thank EWI for recognizing the importance of groups like ours working within the international community to share the expert knowledge that will protect end-users worldwide," Roosenraad added.

The institute honored M3AAWG for its crucial role in protecting the viability of email and other messaging applications. EWI cited the organization and its members' invaluable support of the Fighting Spam to Build Trust policy report, which urged China-U.S. cooperation in reducing spam. A New York Times editorial praised the report and recommended it as important reading material for Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping prior to their meeting this past spring.

With member companies from Asia, Europe, North America and South America, M3AAWG works against bots, malware, spam, viruses, denial-of-service attacks and other online exploitation. It represents more than one billion mailboxes from some of the largest network operators worldwide.

Karl Rauscher, EWI's distinguished fellow and chief technology officer, said: "It's very fitting that M3AAWG should receive EWI's Cybersecurity Award. Their groundbreaking work on making the web safer has impacted all of us around the globe." Rauscher also praised M3AAWG follow-up work on fighting spam in China and developing regions around the world.

M3AAWG members will be leading sessions at EWI's 4th Cybersecurity Summit in Silicon Valley on November 5-6. For more information on the summit and to register please visit: http://cybersummit.info.