BT and Interpol team up to combat cyber-crime

Natalie Bannerman
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BT partners with Interpol in a data exchange agreement to prevent cyber-crime

BT has announced that it is the first telecommunications provider to sign an exchange data agreement with Interpol to combat global cyber-crime.

The agreement was signed at the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore and provides the framework for threat information exchange focussing on data relating to cyber-space, emerging and known cyber-threats and malicious attacks.

Under the scope of the agreement BT’s experts will provide the IGCI with its knowledge and expertise on global threats and will support the IGCI in identifying and stopping cyber-criminals around the world. 

Noboru Nakatani, executive director of the IGCI, said: “The scale and complexity of today’s cyber-threat landscape means cooperation across all sectors is essential if we are to effectively combat this global phenomenon. Interpol’s agreement with BT is an important step in our continued efforts to ensure law enforcement worldwide has access to the information they need to combat these evolving cyber threats.”

Earlier this year BT was selected by Interpol as one of only seven international companies with security expertise to assist in an operation to combat cyber-crime in south-east Asia. Based at the company’s security operations centre in Singapore, BT’s threat intelligence and investigation team provided information on regional threats, including data relating to local hactivist groups and phishing sites.

Mark Hughes, CEO of BT Security, said: “Threat intelligence sharing between law enforcement agencies and the private sector is essential in the fight against cyber-crime, which is increasingly borderless in nature. Tackling cyber-crime therefore requires a collective, global response where the public and private sectors work hand-in-hand. BT’s security expertise will help Interpol to identify cyber-criminals and hold them to account, as we jointly develop our understanding of the challenges that we and other organisations face in the battle against cyber-attacks.”

Earlier this year, BT commissioned a report by KPMG about business cyber security. In the report entitled “The cyber security journey – from denial to opportunity”, identifies five stages that businesses go through during their journey towards leadership in cyber security. Hughes further elaborates on the report, in an interview with GTBhere.