Why the INTERPOL and Cisco collaboration changes the security equation
Managing Director, Security, APJ
Thought Leadership, Security
As the first step in jointly fighting cybercrime, we have announced a Data Exchange Agreement with INTERPOL to share threat intelligence. This global agreement was signed in Singapore at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), and the collaboration will see our two organizations develop a coordinated approach to sharing data on cyber threats.
In today’s hyperconnected world, both public and private organizations face major challenges like digital disruption at massive scale, complexity in the security industry, and a shortage of talent. Add to this, a dynamic threat landscape, with active adversaries carrying out more and more sophisticated attacks.
Here are reasons why the INTERPOL and Cisco collaboration changes the equation for security:
Global impact for raising cybersecurity awareness
When the world’s largest international police organization, and the worldwide technology leader announce they’re collaborating to fight cybercrime, it’s going to spark global attention.
INTERPOL brings the world’s police forces together to solve international crimes. Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, the organization watches the world to gather, analyze and share information on crime to its 192 member countries.
Cisco’s portfolio, services, and analytics make us a security leader. Our global footprint, also makes us well placed to observe and assess the latest trends in the cybersecurity field such as those that are detailed in our annual and midyear security reports. Additionally, we block 19.7 billion threats a day through our Collective Security Intelligence, enabled by Cisco Talos (our security intelligence and research group).
Now combine INTERPOL’s policing and Cisco’s technology expertise. Add the global reach of these two forces. And we immediately raise cybersecurity awareness amongst many public and private organizations globally.
Faster response to information sharing
Facilitating information sharing as widely and as quickly as possible is essential in combating cybercrime.
Internationally there is a need for cybersecurity firms and government organizations to develop “quicker response mechanisms” to provide assistance during a major cyber attack; and to ensure that prompt action can be taken to avoid the attack spreading further.
The Cisco and INTERPOL Data Exchange Agreement will result in a more coordinated and focused approach to sharing threat intelligence specific to attacking cybercrime. Ultimately this will lead to faster response times for the two organizations working together, which will help police worldwide.
Collaborating helps catch the cyber-criminals
To help combat cybercrime, collaborations between private enterprises, governments, and the research community have never been more important.
Operating in 170 countries, Cisco is a trusted security partner to governments worldwide. We’ve signed multiple agreements with world governments to establish a threat intelligence sharing framework where both Cisco and government personnel work cooperatively together to address cybersecurity threats and incidents. Through this process we help to identify and shape emerging security market trends, share best practices, and learn new approaches to enhance cybersecurity. The new agreement with INTERPOL, demonstrates Cisco’s commitment to collaborating with a global network of international police to fight cybercrime.
Furthermore, effective cybersecurity collaborations are ones that go beyond traditional intelligence sharing agreements and bring a deeper engagement across areas like communicating lessons learned and best practices, building and deploying secure solutions, and bolstering education and training to help protect businesses and citizens alike. Going beyond the new Data Exchange Agreement, Cisco plans to collaborate with INTERPOL on potential training and knowledge-sharing opportunities in the future.
Crime is increasingly international and today’s police need to stay one step ahead. INTERPOL is a unique network of countries working together to make the world a safer place, and now Cisco, the world’s networking leader is part of that equation.