By JENNIFER HUTCHINSEN and CHRISTOPHER FISHEREDESWORTHAARGH News DeskStaffAdobe is working on a program to support apps that are used to detect viruses, spy on people and collect data, according to a leaked memo.
The software would be part of an effort to bolster security in an increasingly connected world.
The new program, developed in partnership with IBM and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), would help companies, including Adobe, to “implement new technologies to help them stay ahead of threats, including the spread of malware,” the memo said.
It would also help developers better understand the risks associated with such technologies, it said.
The memo said the effort is being conducted in partnership between Adobe and NIST, but that it was also being handled by other industry players.NIST, a federal agency, is responsible for developing the nation’s standards for computer systems.
The program is aimed at helping companies “protect critical infrastructure, protect consumers and businesses, and deliver effective solutions for businesses,” according to the memo.
Adobe did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The company is one of the largest providers of mobile applications, including social networks and news services, and is known for its software that has been used to help detect cyber threats.
Its cloud services include Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.