BT and Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency have announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to share their knowledge of major cyber threats and attacks. Signed at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, the purpose of this effort is to foster a safer cyber environment for people, organisations and businesses to operate in.
The recently signed MoU provides a framework for the pair to share information relating to cybersecurity trends, technical expertise and industry best practice. This partnership is reflective of both parties’ commitment to sharing threat intelligence data. This partnership is indicative of BT’s commitment to sharing cyber threat intelligence.
Earlier this year, the telecoms firm became one of the first providers to start sharing information about malicious software and websites on a large scale with other ISPs via a free online portal, the Malware Information Sharing Platform. Since its launch, BT’s worldwide team of cyber security experts have helped identify and share the details of over 200,000 malicious domains.
Steven Wilson, Head of Business at the European Cybercrime Centre, said:
“The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding between Europol and BT will improve our capabilities and increase our effectiveness in preventing, prosecuting and disrupting cybercrime.”
“Working co-operation of this type between Europol and industry is the most effective way in which we can hope to secure cyberspace for European citizens and businesses. I am confident that the high level of expertise that BT bring will result in a significant benefit to our Europe wide investigations.”
Kevin Brown, VP of BT Security Threat Intelligence, said:
“As one of the world’s largest cybersecurity businesses, we at BT have long held the view that co-ordinated, cross border collaboration is key to stemming the global cyber-crime epidemic.”
“We’re working with other law enforcement agencies in a similar vein to better share cybersecurity intelligence, expertise and best practice to help them expose and take action against the organised gangs of cyber criminals lurking in the dark corners of the web.”
“The signing of today’s accord with Europol sees BT take another significant step forward in making the internet a safer place for consumers, businesses and public sector bodies in the UK, Europe and beyond.”