INTERPOL signs agreement with Trend Micro to help fight cyber crime

Trend Micro CTO says the security vendor is already working with the Australian Federal Police, a member of INTERPOL

INTERPOL has signed a three-year contract with Trend Micro which will see the security vendor provide resources, information and staff to the international police organisation and its 190 member countries, including Australia.

Trend Micro will share its threat information analysis, such as cyber attacks, with INTERPOL officers. The vendor will also help INTERPOL provide a cyber crime investigation training program that will improve online investigation techniques. For example, a Trend Micro security researcher will be based at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore.

“As the world’s largest international police organisation, INTERPOL has a responsibility to forge partnerships across all sectors to ensure our member countries have access to the tools and resources they need to assist investigators to prevent and solve crimes,” said INTERPOL secretary general Ronald K. Noble in a statement.

Trend Micro CTO Raimund Genes told Computerworld Australia that the vendor is already working with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), a member of INTERPOL.

“Australian authorities will get more consolidated input from INTERPOL based on aggregation of data from multiple sources. The partnership with INTERPOL helps because they have a global view and coordinate between the different law enforcement agencies internationally,” he said.

According to Genes, the AFP could share INTERPOL information with other parties such as Australian state and territory police.

“We can’t guarantee that we will always have additional information to provide, but if it is a hot case, we might be able to assign extra resources to the case. And the training we are providing for malware analysis – if requested through INTERPOL – would surely be something we could arrange [for Australian police]. We have already provided training in South Korea and Washington in the United States for several police groups,” he said.

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