NEC invests $10M in Interpol partnership

Japanese company to provide 7.6 million euros in technical and human resources to establish a digital forensic lab and platform for law enforcement and Web security players to work together.

NEC Corporation will be investing human and technical resources to help establish a digital forensic lab and a collaborative platform for law enforcement agencies to work together with the Internet security fraternity in a three-year partnership with Interpol.

In a statement Tuesday, NEC said as part of the partnership signed today it will provide technical and human resources worth some 7.6 million euros (US$10 million) to establish a Digital Forensic Lab and Cyber-Fusion Center within Interpol's Digital Crime Center. The Digital Crime Center is said to be the driving force of the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation, which will open in Singapore in 2014 , it noted.

Besides NEC, the other two corporate entities participating as part of a consortium are Japan's Cyber Defense Institute, LAC, and Fourteenforty Research Institute, it noted.

The Digital Forensic Lab will focus on identifying and testbedding digital forensic technology and methodologies to help investigators better coordinate and conduct digital crime investigations. Trend analysis, testing of forensic tools, development of best practices and capacity building and training will be part of the Lab's activities, it stated.

As for the Cyber-Fusion Center, the company said it will be supported by law enforcement, industry and academia to turn intelligence-led analysis into identification of criminals and operational action. It will also provide expertise to national cybercrime units during enquiries, coordinate cross-border investigations, and deploy investigative support teams to assist agencies following a cybercrime incident, NEC added.

Company President Nobuhiro Endo said: "In recent years, the threat of cyberattacks that target personal information as well as sensitive corporate and government information has become a major problem throughout the world. NEC's public safety, cloud and M2M (machine-to-machine) solutions, in partnership with Interpol's police network, are sure to play a major role in strengthening security on a global scale."

Interpol's secretary-general Ronald Noble added that transnational crime could not be fought in isolation. This is why building strong partnerships with corporations such as NEC was essential to drawing on private-sector expertise and support to fight cybercrime--which is complex and ever-changing.