Fortinet, a global leader in broad, automated and integrated cyber security solutions, has formalised its threat information sharing with International Police, otherwise called the INTERPOL.
A statement by the firm’s spokesman, John Welton, noted that the goal was to proactively combat cybercrime and global threats to privacy through the sharing of threat information generated by Fortinet FortiGuard Labs’ threat research team.
Fortinet would be involved in operational briefings at INTERPOL and vice versa.
“A threat intelligence expert from Fortinet would be assigned to collaborate with experts at the INTERPOL’s Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), and help to provide a better understanding of current threats’ landscape.
“This will help the INTERPOL team and law enforcement agents to use information gathered to prevent security and privacy risks.
“While the agreement formalises the cooperation between Fortinet and INTERPOL, both organisations have been operationally collaborating for over two years on A History of Close Threat Information Cooperation Between Fortinet and INTERPOL,” the statement reads.
Fortinet has been an active member of an expert working group within the INTERPOL for more than two years, providing cyber threat intelligence, which has helped discover and identify multiple cybercrime operations.
Last year, Fortinet was one of several private sector companies that provided support to an INTERPOL-led operation targeting cybercrime 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.
Previously, Fortinet also helped uncover a group of online fraudsters behind thousands of online scams totaling more than $60 million and involving hundreds of victims worldwide through close threat information cooperation with INTERPOL and other private sector partners.
Acting executive director, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, Silvino Schlickmann Jr., said: “Tackling cybercrime cannot be resolved unilaterally by law enforcement alone, but a joint responsibility, which requires trusted relationships with the private sector.”
“This new agreement with Fortinet will ensure that law enforcement have access to the most comprehensive threat intelligence necessary to take effective action against cybercrime.”
Fortinet’s global security strategist, Derek Manky, also noted: “Organisations continue to struggle against evolving threats, an expanding attack surface, and a growing security skills shortage.
“Law enforcement, in particular, can also be hampered by the fact that cybercrime often crosses political and jurisdictional boundaries.”