Security firm Palo Alto Networks has announced that it is formalizing its cooperation with the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI). This agreement aims to combat criminal trends in cyberspace, cyber threats and cyber crime globally through sharing threat information generated by Palo Alto Networks and Unit 42, its threat intelligence team.
“Palo Alto Networks will be involved in the operational briefings at Interpol and vice versa. A threat intelligence expert from Unit 42 will be assigned to collaborate with the IGCI, to provide a clearer understanding of the current landscape, which can equip law enforcement officers with powerful information needed to prevent successful cyber attacks,” said the company in a statement.
Cybercrime represents a significant amount of risk for businesses and organizations today. This collaboration marks a mutual commitment to information sharing, which is necessary for preventing successful cyber attacks. Together with INTERPOL, we can continue to raise awareness and educate business leaders and reduce the collective cyber security risk over time,” said, Sean Duca, vice president and regional chief security officer for Asia-Pacific, Palo Alto Networks.
“Tackling cyber crime is not something that law enforcement can do in isolation. Cooperation with the private sector is essential if we are to effectively combat this global phenomenon. INTERPOL’s agreement with Palo Alto Networks is an important step in our ongoing efforts to ensure law enforcement worldwide has access to the information they need to combat cyber threats which are a significant issue for both the public and private sectors,” said, Noboru Nakatani, executive director, ICGI.
Early this year, Palo Alto Networks was one of seven private sector companies that provided support to an INTERPOL-led operation targeting cyber crime across the ASEAN region, resulting in the identification of nearly 9,000 command-and-control (C2) servers as well as hundreds of compromised websites, including government portals, the statement added.
Palo Alto Networks’ recent State of Cybersecurity in Asia-Pacific survey revealed that 44 per cent of organizations across Asia-Pacific have already started sharing threat information with other companies in their industry.