Virus Information Alliance

The Virus Information Alliance (VIA) is a public antimalware collaboration program for security software providers, security service providers, antimalware testing organizations, and other organizations involved in fighting cybercrime.

Members of the VIA program collaborate by exchanging technical information on malicious software with Microsoft, with the goal of improving protection for Microsoft customers.

Better protection for customers against malware

The VIA program gives members access to information that will help improve protection for Microsoft customers. For example, the program provides malware telemetry and samples to security product teams to identify gaps in their protection and prioritize new threat coverage.

Malware prevalence data is provided to antimalware testers to assist them in selecting sample sets and setting scoring criteria that represent the real-world threat landscape. Service organizations, such as a CERT, can leverage our data to help assess the impact of policy changes or to help shut down malicious activity.

Microsoft is committed to continuous improvement to help reduce the impact of malware on customers. By sharing malware-related information, Microsoft enables members of this community to work towards better protection for customers.

Becoming a member of VIA

Microsoft has well-defined, objective, measurable, and tailored membership criteria for prospective members of the Virus Information Alliance (VIA). The criteria is designed to ensure that Microsoft is able to work with security software providers, security service providers, antimalware testing organizations, and other organizations involved in the fight against cybercrime to protect a broad range of customers.

Members will receive information to facilitate effective malware detection, deterrence, and eradication. This includes technical information on malware as well as metadata on malicious activity. Information shared through VIA is governed by the VIA membership agreement and a Microsoft non-disclosure agreement, where applicable.

VIA has an open enrollment for potential members.

Initial selection criteria

To be eligible for VIA your organization must:

  1. Be willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement with Microsoft.

  2. Fit into one of the following categories:

    • Your organization develops antimalware technology that can run on Windows and your organization’s product is commercially available.
    • Your organization provides security services to Microsoft customers or for Microsoft products.
    • Your organization publishes antimalware testing reports on a regular basis.
    • Your organization has a research or response team dedicated to fighting malware to protect your organization, your customers, or the general public.
  3. Be willing to sign and adhere to the VIA membership agreement.

If your organization meets these criteria and would like to apply for membership, contact us at mvi@microsoft.com. Please indicate whether you would like to join VIA, MVI, or CME.