London, 6th July 2015 - Cyber security leader Trend Micro has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UK’s National Crime Agency, marking a significant step forward in cooperation between the two parties in understanding and combating cyber crime.
The agreement will see the formation of a cross-organisation ‘virtual team’, which will seek to identify innovative ways of tackling specific cyber crime threats.
Trend Micro will also share information on relevant cyber crime attacks, while its crack Forward Looking Threat Research (FTR) team will work with the NCA to utilise shared intelligence for potential law enforcement action.
“Nowadays law enforcement can’t always do cyber crime investigations on its own and neither can industry,” said Robert McArdle, EMEA Manager, FTR at Trend Micro. “We’re both parts of the same puzzle and as one of the largest security players in the world, we have one of the biggest pieces of the puzzle.”
NCA Head of Intelligence and Tasking, Steven Heywood said: "This MoU strengthens the NCA's ongoing commitment to working closely with our partners in taking every possible opportunity to combat the threat posed by cyber crime. Utilising and sharing the expertise of Trend Micro will allow us to further understand and respond to emerging and evolving cyber crime threats to the UK."
The NCA will not only be able to draw on the expertise of Trend Micro’s global, 1,200-strong TrendLabs team, but the power of the cloud-based Smart Protection Network, which analyses over 15TB of threat data, identifying and blocking more than 250 million threats each day.
Trend Micro’s global FTR team has a strong track record of working with law enforcement agencies around the world to bring down cyber criminal operations.
As a result of close co-operation with Spanish law enforcers, key members of the gang behind the infamous Reveton ransomware were arrested back in 2013.
Trend Micro last year announced a three year agreement to collaborate more closely with Interpol –a deal which has seen a permanent member of the Trend team stationed with the global police organisation. The partnership has already borne fruit, with Trend Micro participating in an industry-wide collaboration which successfully dismantled the notorious SIMDA botnet in April.
Trend Micro’s FTR team has long-established relationships with NCA officers, but until now, information sharing between the two parties was done on an informal, ad hoc basis.
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