REDMOND, Wash., April 17 (UPI) -- France-based Interpol released plans to further integrate next-generation computer technologies for use by global police forces in a move to counter cybercrime.
The international policing organization is working to increase its partnerships with the computer and information technology sectors to address 21st century security challenges. As part of the Global Security Initiative, Interpol announced it has partnered with U.S. company Microsoft.
Under the partnership, Interpol's security authorities around the world will have access to Microsoft's Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor software technology. The COFEE software will be used to strengthen cyber forensics capabilities, countering the growing threat of transnational criminal groups exploiting the Internet for cyberterrorism purposes.
"As the world's global police organization, Interpol is uniquely suited to forge partnerships across all sectors that will help law enforcement in its member countries raise their standards, particularly in the area of IT crime, which is borderless and constantly evolving," Elaine Dezenski, Interpol Global Security Initiative managing director, said in a statement.
"In extending vital front-line tools and resources such as COFEE to cyber investigators worldwide, Interpol's initiative with Microsoft shows how it is working to bring additional resources and cutting-edge tools to its members to fight the threats of the 21st century."