Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it has provided $2.3 million in technology to the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to further the center’s efforts to equip law enforcement with the skills and resources needed to combat economic and high-tech crimes.
Microsoft has partnered with NW3C over the past few years to develop training and tools to support law enforcement’s mission to fight cybercrime, including the Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor (COFEE) tool made available at no cost to law enforcement in 2009 for capturing live evidence on the scene of a cybercrime investigation. The grant announced today will support platform, productivity suite and back office upgrades at NW3C with a broad range of Microsoft technologies. NW3C also plans to use a portion of the software to upgrade research equipment and computer labs used to train law enforcement.
Microsoft is proud to support NW3C’s goal to empower law enforcement and ensure police are armed with the best tools, training and technology to address the growing number and severity of high-tech crimes. The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit works closely with agencies around the world to combat cybercrime, including malicious software crimes (especially those fueled by the use of botnets) and technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation, and we view NW3C’s work as tremendously valuable in that mission.
Cybercrime cannot be successfully fought by any one company or agency alone. Cooperation is the key to success. We believe that with continued investment and partnerships amongst industry, academic researchers, law enforcement agencies and governments worldwide, the global community has the power to turn the tide in the fight against cybercrime to create a safer, more trusted Internet for everyone.