Trend Micro has signed a deal with the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) to help tackle cybercrime.
The companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see the formation of a new cross-organisation ‘virtual team' to develop innovative ways of fighting online crime.
The move will also mean further collaboration between Trend Micro's Forward Looking Threat Research unit and its 1,200-strong TrendLabs team with the NCA.
The NCA will also gain access to Trend Micro's cloud-based Smart Protection Network which analyses over 15TB of threat data and blocks more than 250 million threats daily, according to the company.
Steven Heywood, head of intelligence and tasking at the NCA, said that the partnership enforces its commitment to combating cybercrime.
"Using and sharing the expertise of Trend Micro will allow us to further understand and respond to emerging and evolving cybercrime threats to the UK," he said.
Raimund Genes, chief technology officer at Trend Micro, added that existing problems in tackling cybercrime are already well known to the industry, highlighting tools such as Tor and dark net sites that help to increase anonymity.
"The bad guys have had it their own way for way too long. They're more than happy to share intelligence and infrastructure with each other - for a price - to make their efforts more successful. Now it's time to respond in kind. The fight back starts here," he said.
Trend Micro announced a three-year deal last year to collaborate closely with Interpol, and a permanent member of staff is now stationed with the global security agency.
The partnership resulted in a number of successful operations, including the dismantling of the Simda botnet in April.
Another collaboration with Spanish authorities helped in the arrest of members of the Reveton malware gang which allegedly stole more than €1m over the course of its campaign.
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