Europol has signed a deal with a US non-profit called the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) to work together on developing best practices for fighting cyber crime.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in San Francisco on Wednesday between Steven Wilson, Head of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol and Matt LaVigna, President and CEO of the NCFTA.
The MoU has a specific focus on the exchange of statistical data or trends relating to cybercrime in order to help both organisations have as complete a picture as possible on the threats the world faces in the cyber sphere.
They also said they would work together to improve collaboration on the NCFTA's Malware & Cyber Threats Program (MCT) that focuses on providing information on cyber threats.
"MCT maintains a data repository containing malware and corresponding network attributes being utilized by threat actors around the world. The technical data is then correlated with other datasets in order to associate malware with cyber crimes such as banking fraud, spam campaigns, phishing, and botnet activity," the organisation states.
"In doing so, MCT seeks to identify trends or patterns that will assist in mitigation and neutralization efforts as well as detect future threats."
The deal should also help strengthen Europol's work with US federal law agencies as NCFTA has a long-standing close relationship with these authorities.
The deal is the latest in a long line of MoU's signed by Europol to help build up relationships with key players, ranging from tech firms such as Kaspersky and Intel, to financial organisations including the European Banking Federation.
Earlier this week the UK officially announced the opening of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) that is designed to act as a central hub for all cyber-related issues facing the UK.
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