Palo Alto Networks on Aug. 7 announced the formalization of their cooperation with the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) through signing a Data Exchange Agreement (DEA) with Interpol.

“Tackling cyber crime is not something that law enforcement can do in isolation,” said Noboru Nakatani, executive director of IGCI. “Cooperation with the private sector is essential if we are to effectively combat this global phenomenon. “Interpol’s agreement with Palo Alto Networks is an important step in our ongoing efforts to ensure law enforcement worldwide has access to the information they need to combat cyber threats which are a significant issue for both the public and private sectors.”

The agreement creates a threat information sharing and operational briefing process among Interpol, Palo Alto Networks and Unit 42, the company’s threat intelligence team. An expert from Unit 42 will be assigned to collaborate with IGCI in understanding the current threat landscape.

“Cyber crime represents a significant amount of risk for businesses and organizations today,” said Sean Duca, vice president and regional chief security officer for Asia-Pacific for Palo Alto Networks. “This collaboration marks a mutual commitment to information sharing, which is necessary in preventing successful cyberattacks. Together with Interpol, we can continue to raise awareness and educate business leaders and reduce the collective cybersecurity risk over time.”

According to the Palo Alto press release, though the agreement was formalized only recently, the company and Interpol have already collaborated on cyber crime-targeting operations, such as the identification of nearly 9,000 command-and-control servers as well as hundreds of compromised websites, earlier this year.

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Jessie Bur is a Staff Reporter for MeriTalk covering Cybersecurity, FedRAMP, GSA, Congress, Treasury, DOJ, NIST and Cloud Computing.