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Although Trend Micro has long-established relationships with NCA officers, information sharing between the two parties has been on an informal, ad hoc basis.
The agreement will see the formation of a cross-organisation virtual team to identify innovative ways of tackling specific cyber crime threats.
Trend Micro will also share information on cyber crime attacks and its forward-looking threat research (FTR) team will work with the NCA to support law enforcement action.
“Nowadays law enforcement can’t always do cyber crime investigations on its own and neither can industry,” said Robert McArdle, FTR European manager at Trend Micro.
“We are both parts of the same puzzle and as one of the largest security players in the world, we have one of the biggest pieces of the puzzle.”
NCA head of intelligence and tasking Steven Heywood said the MoU strengthens the NCA's ongoing commitment to working closely with partners in taking every opportunity to combat the threat posed by cyber crime.
“Utilising and sharing the expertise of Trend Micro will allow us to further understand and respond to emerging and evolving cyber crime threats to the UK,” he said.
In addition to drawing on the expertise of Trend Micro’s 1,200-strong TrendLabs global team, the NCA will also get input from the security firm’s cloud-based Smart Protection Network, which analyses more than 15TB of threat data to identify and block around 250 million threats a day.
Andy Archibald, deputy director of the National Crime Agency's National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) told Infosecurity Europe 2015 in London in June 2015 that law enforcement is seeking to evolve its engagement with industry.
“It needs be a relationship that goes beyond information sharing, to include things like mitigation of threats and disruption of criminal infrastructure,” he said.
Archibald added that he believes the NCCU is now in a position to have a more mature conversation with businesses when they are victims of cyber crime. “We are now able to discuss options that will not expose business to risks such as loss of reputation. We can work together to find out what the best approach is for taking things forward,” he said.
Trend Micro’s FTR team has a strong track record of working with law enforcement agencies around the world to bring down cyber criminal operations.
As a result of close co-operation with Spanish law enforcers, key members of the gang behind the infamous Reveton ransomware were arrested in 2013.
In 2014, Trend Micro announced a three-year agreement to collaborate more closely with Interpol, including seconding a member of the Trend Micro team to the police organisation. As part of the Interpol partnership, Trend Micro took part in an industry-wide collaboration to dismantle the Simda botnet in April 2025.