The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) recently announced the launch of a new malware intelligence system, called Titan, which is intended to help corporate and government security experts share data on cyber attacks.

"As a university, Georgia Tech is uniquely positioned to take this white hat role in between industry and government," GTRI research scientist Andrew Howard said in a statement. "We want to bring communities together to break down the walls between industry and government to provide a trusted, sharing platform."

"Built on a threat analysis foundation that includes a malware repository that analyses and classifies an average of 100,000 pieces of malicious code each day, Titan will invite companies to anonymously add their threat data and independently verify information; it will vet the members of the community before they are allowed to participate," writes SC Magazine's Dan Raywood.

Members who contribute malware samples will receive quick reports from GTRI researchers on the samples they submit, along with information on attacks and responses at other member organizations. "We hope to provide information about the trends that organizations can expect to see, and help them to prioritize what they should do to address the risks," Howard said. "We have a significant system behind the scenes to facilitate the exchange of information."

All information shared by members will remain anonymous, in order to ensure that other members don't know which organizations have been attacked.

The university says Titan already includes half a dozen Fortune 500 members, as well as other government and non-profit organizations. "We are looking for additional industry partners to help us use the tool and help refine the system," Howard said. "We believe that members of this community will come together to help each other strengthen defenses."