The collaboration between LACNIC and M3AAWG to fight online threats is getting stronger.

LACNIC, the Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Center, and M3AAWG, the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group, have the support of a new partner: LACNOG, the Latin America and Caribbean Network Operators Group.

On February 8th 2017, LACNOG ratified the charter for the Latin America and Caribbean Anti-Abuse Working Group. LAC-AAWG combines knowledge and expertise from LACNIC, LACNOG, and M3AAWG to develop a self-sustaining anti-abuse community in the LAC region.

LAC-AAWG will serve as a convening forum for network operators and anti-abuse experts. LAC-AAWG's mission is to foster dialog among existing communities and working groups, fomenting the development of anti-abuse recommendations and best current operational practices (BCOPs) that address region-specific and global issues. LAC-AAWG will also act as the voice of the LAC region in the global anti-abuse community, further cementing the exchange of anti-abuse ideas, knowledge, and best practices between the LAC region and M3AAWG's global community.

LAC-AAWG will also coordinate regional anti-abuse awareness activities like presentations and tutorials targeting Latin America and Caribbean relevant communities. These engagements aim to educate the LAC operator community on, and foster adoption of, regional and global anti-abuse best practices and operations.

The founding co-chairs of LAC-AAWG are Christian O'Flaherty from ISOC and Lucimara Desiderá from CERT.br/NIC.br. The first face-to-face LAC-AAWG community meetings will take place during LACNIC 27, in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, on May 22-26, 2017. In partnership with M3AAWG, these activities will comprise presentations, BOFs, and tutorials on anti-abuse best practices.