Fortinet signs threat information sharing agreement with INTERPOL

Formal relationship showcases public and private collaboration in combating cyber-crime & privacy protection globally
Interpol and Fortinet have signed a collaboration agreement.
Interpol and Fortinet have signed a collaboration agreement.

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Fortinet a global leader in broad, automated and integrated cybersecurity solutions, has formalised its threat sharing with INTERPOL. The goal of the agreement is to proactively combat cybercrime and threats to privacy globally through the sharing of threat information generated by Fortinet FortiGuard Labs global threat research team.

“Tackling cyber-crime cannot be resolved unilaterally by law enforcement alone, but is 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 cyber-crime,” said Silvino Schlickmann Jr, acting executive director, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation.

Fortinet will be involved in operational briefings at INTERPOL and vice versa. A threat intelligence expert from Fortinet will be assigned to collaborate with experts at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), helping provide a clearer understanding of the current threat landscape, which in turn will help the INTERPOL team and law enforcement use the information to prevent risks to security and privacy.

“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. Actionable threat intelligence with global visibility is the best way to move from being reactive to proactive in a world where cybercrime has no borders. No single organisation has a complete view into the security landscape, which is why threat information sharing and collaboration between public and private organizations is critical,” said Derek Manky, global security strategist, Fortinet.

While the agreement formalizes the cooperation between Fortinet and INTERPOL, both organisations have been operationally collaborating for over two years.

Fortinet has been an active member of an expert working group within 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 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.

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