Kaspersky Lab has signed a cooperation agreement with INTERPOL and a memorandum of understanding with Europol to extend the scope of collaboration between the company and the law enforcement agencies in their joint fight against cybercrime.
Kaspersky Lab has taken its anti-cybercrime cooperation with simultaneously both INTERPOL and Europol to a new level with the signing of key cooperation documents with the two international law enforcement bodies. On September 30, Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, and Ronald K. Noble, INTERPOL Secretary General, signed a cooperation agreement under which the security company will provide its products, intelligence, and ongoing support to the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore. The following day, Eugene Kaspersky, together with Troels Oerting, Europol’s Assistant Director and Head of its European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), signed a memorandum of understanding between Kaspersky Lab and the EU’s law enforcement agency, which paves the way for closer cooperation between the two organizations. Both signing ceremonies took place in Singapore, which is hosting the INTERPOL-Europol Cybercrime Conference on October 1–3, 2014.
Following the ceremonies, Eugene Kaspersky said: “This truly is a major leap forward in the global fight against cybercrime. Our partnerships with INTERPOL and Europol represent pioneering achievements for the whole cybersecurity industry. Such public-private cooperation is vital for improving security in cyberspace.
“These partnerships are perfectly aligned with our mission to ‘save the world’ from cyberthreats. As these threats’ scale and sophistication continue to grow, we have to join forces with national and international law enforcement bodies and also other private-sector security companies to effectively combat these growing hazards.”
Under the new agreement with INTERPOL, the company will provide threat intelligence as well as both hardware and software to establish and run IGCI’s digital forensics laboratory and other operations of the newly-established center. Kaspersky Lab will organize and run a series of training sessions for INTERPOL officers to transfer to them expertise in malware analysis, digital forensics and financial threat research. Kaspersky Lab has been working with INTERPOL since April 2013. One of the company’s top malware analysts will be temporarily relocated to IGCI.
INTERPOL Secretary General, Ronald Noble, said: "The complex and ever-changing nature of the cyberthreat landscape requires high-level technical expertise, and it is essential that law enforcement collaborates across sectors to effectively combat cybercrime and enhance digital security.
"INTERPOL's agreement with Kaspersky Lab is a significant step forward towards forging a global alliance against cybercrime and ensuring that we provide our member countries with the most up-to-date support in addressing this threat."
Also speaking following the ceremonies, Europol Assistant Director and EC3 Head, Troels Oerting, said: “This MoU is a very good basis and foundation for extending our already well-functioning cooperation with Kaspersky Lab in our common endeavors to fight and prevent cybercrime in Europe and beyond. It is important that we join our efforts, share our expertise and knowledge, and pursue our common objective – having a free and transparent, but also secure, cyberspace. This is another big step in the right direction for all of us!”