Microsoft’s fight against cybercrime isn’t new, the company has famously taken down large botnets in the past. But this is a never-ending battle, like a game of whack-a-mole, and now the company is making new partnerships in its efforts to continue the fight.
Microsoft’s general counsel, Brad Smith, announces three new deals the software giant has reached to further this effort. These include the Organization of American States, Europol and FIS. “Microsoft officials signed memorandums of understanding with representatives of the three organizations during the company’s first annual Cybercrime Enforcement Summit, which brought together more than 60 leaders and experts from law enforcement, academia and the private sector to share legal and technical solutions to confront the global spread of cybercrime. The conference follows the opening last fall of the Microsoft Cybercrime Center, a state-of-the-art facility designed specifically to advance the global fight against cybercrime”, Smith states.
These agreements are expected to aid both sides by enhancing collaboration. “Microsoft, the OAS, Europol and FIS anticipate that the collaboration will enable them to strengthen their forensic and technical analysis of malware and botnets; assessment and investigation of emerging malware threats; enforcement actions against cybercriminals; and the ultimate dismantling of these criminal organizations”, he general counsel says.
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has teamed with law enforcement organizations in efforts against cybercrime, but these signed agreements pave the way for better work in the future.