Kaspersky, INTERPOL join hands to fight crime

Kaspersky throws efforts into a new joint project with INTERPOL aimed at thwarting cyber criminals

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After years of goading international law enforcement officials over the need for a global effort to fight cyber crime, noted Russian security expert turned software mogul Eugene Kaspersky is throwing his company’s efforts behind a new joint project with INTERPOL aimed at identifying cyber criminals and providing innovative training and operational support for law enforcement across the globe.

The project, due to be in full swing by 2014, will see experts from Kaspersky Lab working directly with the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) to provide ongoing support and threat intelligence. Kaspersky, the CEO and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, has also agreed to help IGCI build out its capacity to deal with global cyber threats in general.

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The joint effort was spawned after a meeting Kaspersky hosted in Moscow earlier this week with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald Noble and IGCI Executive Director Noboru Nakatani where the three discussed the importance of collective efforts to fight cyber criminals and ways to secure the Internet.

"I have been pushing for the creation of what I used to call an 'Internet INTERPOL' for over a decade now, and at last it has finally come to pass,” Kaspersky said. "It should come as no surprise that we wholeheartedly support this initiative, testified to by our plans to [transfer] some of our top analysts over to the IGCI in Singapore.

"Soon cyber criminals will have nowhere to hide - not able to hole up in this or that country, as they have been able to up to now," Kaspersky added. "The net is closing in on  cyber criminals, both the proverbial one and the internet."

According to the IGCI’s Nakatani, Kaspersky’s commitment to providing expert support to his group’s law enforcement efforts across 190 countries  will help "generate actionable intelligence to protect cyber space and to bring cyber criminals to justice".

"Transnational crime cannot be fought in isolation, and drawing on private sector expertise and support against cyber crime is essential," INTERPOL’s Noble added. "Fighting cyber crime requires that law enforcement at both the national and international levels work with the private sector, particularly its forward-thinking technological leaders such as Kaspersky Lab, in order to keep pace with today’s cyber criminals."

Kaspersky, named last year as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers, was also recognized in January as Channelnomics’ overall 2012 Channel Influencer of the Year, in part due to his consistent evangelizing on the need for global cyber cops, as well as his steadfast commitment to promoting important business strategies for his channel-friendly company’s growing legion of loyal resellers.

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