Public-private partnerships

Partnerships are essential in fighting cybercrime since the expertise often lies in other sectors

When it comes to cybercrime, police do not have all the answers. Partnerships with other organizations allow INTERPOL and its member countries to benefit from the cyber and technological expertise available in the public, private and academic sectors.

How can I contribute?

We are always looking for new partners with cyber skills and expertise to complement that of the global law enforcement community. INTERPOL currently has formal partnerships with organizations and private companies in the cybersecurity, information technology and banking industries.

If you feel your company would be a good fit to support INTERPOL’s cybercrime mission, we encourage you to reach out to explore potential partnership options, including:

  • Information sharing – data-sharing agreements serve as frameworks for partners to share crucial cybercrime-related data with us;
  • Secondment of experts – both law enforcement and the private sector can send experts to work temporarily on our premises for closer daily collaboration in conducting research, developing cyber intelligence and supporting global operations;
  • Intelligence analysis – providing tools, techniques and software to assist us in analysing cyber threats, as well as access to open source or internal data sets;
  • Developing/delivering training – in-kind or financial support for capacity building and training activities;
Are there other areas where you feel your company could support our cybercrime activities? Let’s start a discussion.

INTERPOL Global Cybercrime Expert Group

Comprised of cybercrime experts from police, private industry and academia, the group serves as a platform for the exchange of cyber information and good practices to support law enforcement. It also assists INTERPOL in developing strategies for its cybercrime issues and projects. When necessary, the group meets with representatives for Regional Working Groups on Cybercrime for Heads of Units to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by specific regions and help propose solutions.

Regional Working Groups on Cybercrime for Heads of Units

INTERPOL has five regional working groups for the Heads of Cybercrime units in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. They meet regularly to advise us on formulating policies and implementing projects to combat cybercrime. Meetings in 2019 had different themes based on the needs of each region:

  • The Middle East and North Africa group met in Jordan to discuss recent cybercrime cases and the importance of cooperation with private industry;
  • The African group exchanged best practices for investigations and digital forensics techniques when it met in Kenya, where joint operations against business email compromise, cryptojacking, phishing and romance scams were also planned;
  • Recommendations on cyber capability development, operational activities, prevention and a regional framework were adopted by the Americas group.

INTERPOL-Europol Cybercrime Conference

Launched in 2013, this annual conference gathers cyber experts from law enforcement, the private sector and academia for in-depth discussions on the latest cyberthreats and how to overcome them through a collective global response. It is hosted in alternate years by INTERPOL and Europol.