Move extends an agreement first inked by Russian vendor in 2014
In its ongoing effort to prove that it’s one of the good guys, Moscow-based security vendor Kaspersky signed a new, five-year agreement with the International Criminal Police Organization, commonly known as INTERPOL. This is the second agreement between the two parties; the first was signed in 2014.
The Lowdown: The agreement — endorsed last week by Kaspersky CEO Eugene Kaspersky and Executive Director of Police Service at INTERPOL Tim Morris — calls for Kaspersky to provide human resources support, training, and threat intelligence to INTERPOL to help the Lyon, France-based law enforcement agency bolster its threat hunting capabilities.
The Details: Under the new agreement, Kaspersky will share information about its cyberthreat research and provide tools to assist with digital forensics, all aimed at strengthening efforts to prevent cyberattacks, officials said. The signing ceremony took place at the INTERPOL World 2019 conference in Singapore.
Background: Cooperative arrangements like the one with INTERPOL are vital to Kaspersky, which fights a nearly constant barrage of criticism and accusations from competitors and government officials claiming that the company’s ties to the Russian government make its security products a threat to the national security of the United States and its allies. Kaspersky officials said they hope the INTERPOL agreement demonstrates Kaspersky’s commitment to joint operations and cyberthreat investigations with the global IT security community, international organizations, law enforcement agencies, and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) worldwide.
The Buzz: “With the rise of sophisticated threat actors, collaboration across the ecosystem and the sharing of expertise is more crucial than ever,” said Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky, following the ceremony. “We are excited to continue the partnership with INTERPOL and to empower law enforcers with the information and technology needed to combat cybercrime across the globe.”