A new alliance Industry Connections Security Group (ICSG) is created under the IEEE Standards Association and includes mostly security heavyweights and antivirus players. The founding members are AVG Technologies, McAfee, Microsoft, Sophos, Symantec, and Trend Micro. Mark Harris of SophosLabs said security researchers have had a tradition of sharing virus samples but that the sharing arrangements "are still based on individual relationships rather than formal agreements." The formation of the group makes for a "more organized" security industry, he added, in the current landscape where attacks are increasingly structured and malware samples grow at "astonishing rates." The ICSG currently has a malware working group, but intends to add other working groups over time.