On 28 April 2016 Europol's Cybercrime Centre (EC3) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the online security company F-Secure Corporation at Europol's headquarters in The Hague. F-Secure has 20 country offices and a presence in more than 100 countries, with Security Lab operations in Helsinki, Finland and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Through more than 200 operator partners globally, millions of customers use F-Secure anti-virus and online security services. This MoU will allow for enhanced cooperation in the joint fight against the growing problem of cybercrime.
Combating today's digital security challenges requires a collective approach in which law enforcement and private industry are compelled to work more closely together. In this complex environment, such partnerships are becoming increasingly important, especially due to the rapid rate at which technology continues to evolve. In particular, this MoU allows for the exchange of expertise, statistics and strategic information on cyber threats between the two parties.
Steven Wilson, Head of Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), said:
"The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding between Europol and F-Secure will improve our capabilities and further increase our effectiveness in assisting EU law enforcement in preventing, prosecuting and disrupting cybercrime. Working co-operation of this type between law enforcement 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 technical expertise that F-Secure bring will result in a significant benefit to our Europe wide investigations. I am grateful for their cooperation and look forward to developing an excellent working relationship."
Kimmo Kasslin, Head of F-Secure Laboratories, said:
"Our mission is to protect people and business from cyber threats, and cooperation with law enforcement is an important part of that mission. We are glad to be able to provide threat intelligence to Europol to aid in their investigation and enforcement efforts to make the online world a safer place for everyone."