Facebook teams up with security firm RiskIQ to take on malvertising

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Facebook has joined hands with digital security company Risk IQ to take on malvertising on its site.

Facebook on Monday announced it has entered into a deal with security firm RiskIQ to detect unauthorized and malicious activity on the social network.

The deal between the two will see RiskIQ monitoring millions of Facebook advertiser landing pages daily and flagging those that appear to contain malware or unauthorized activity in a bid to ensure nothing malicious gets through.

“RiskIQ helps Facebook detect and block threats planted in third-party ads that violate our policies and can put people at risk,” said Jennifer Henley, Facebook’s director of security operations.

“The additional insight they provide helps us protect the integrity of our global network and create a trusted environment for the people on our platform.”

Facebook joins the long list of organizations that rely on RiskIQ to protect their digital footprint from malicious activity. The list includes eight of the 10 largest financial institutions in the U.S., six of the top 10 European financial institutions and five of the seven leading Internet companies in the world.

“We are extremely proud that Facebook chose RiskIQ to help protect their users from malicious and fraudulent activity,” said Elias Manousos, CEO of RiskIQ.

“Our platform’s global visibility into the user experience on Facebook allows us to provide the social network giant with the intelligence they need to keep users safe every day.”