BT signs deal with Interpol to combat soaring cyber crime

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BT has become the first telecoms provider to partner with worldwide crime agency Interpol to provide up-to-date threat intelligence in the battle against cyber-crime.

The UK's telecoms giant has signed a data exchange agreement that will see the company work together with Interpol to monitor both existing and emerging online threats.

In the future, Interpol will be able to call on BT's threat intelligence experts for insight into current cyber threats and criminals operating around the world as it looks to boost its own Interpol Global Complex for Innovation facility (IGCI).

IGCI executive director Noboru Nakatani 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.

“[This] agreement 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."

BT Security chief executive Mark Hughes added: "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 [the issue] 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.”