Telefónica and CaixaBank, move to lead an alliance of cybersecurity in Europe

New movements of large companies in the fight against cybercrime are taking place: Telefónica and CaixaBank are driving a European alliance of businesses, governments, security forces and universities to improve computer security.

Both companies have joined the US based AntiPhishing Working Group (APWG) organization to create the European Chapter of the institution, which will be formed as a nonprofit foundation based in Barcelona.

The main objective of the organization is establishing itself as a global initiative for coordination in the fight against cybercrime and support research and dissemination of information security. The alliance is open to all stakeholders interested in this field: operators, internet service providers, commercial entities, law firms, etc.

The APWG in Europe will have a common database on cybercrime that will be available to partners and it will support security research through the community of eCrime Research specialists. It will also promote various campaigns on the safe use of internet for non-specialist audience.

The Anti-Phishing Working Group Europe will be officially presented at an international meeting to be held in Barcelona from 26 to 29 May, coinciding with the celebration of the annual summit of APWG.

The American alliance was created in 2003, and has more than 2,000 members worldwide including companies of cybersecurity as McAfee and RSA (subsidiary of EMC) and large Internet groups like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, eBay and Websense, along with ICANN, the organization for the management of Internet names and addresses.