APWG is the international coalition unifying the global response to cybercrime across industry, government and law-enforcement sectors and NGO communities. APWG’s membership of more than 2200 institutions worldwide is as global as its outlook, with its directors, managers and research fellows advising: national governments; global governance bodies like the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, International Telecommunications Union and ICANN; hemispheric and global trade groups; and multilateral treaty organizations such as the European Commission, the G8 High Technology Crime Subgroup, Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Europol EC3 and the Organization of American States. APWG is a member of the steering group of the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative at the Commonwealth of Nations.
APWG manages three parallel enterprises with deep and abiding valences:
Membership in the APWG is open to financial institutions, retailers, solutions providers, ISPs, ESPs, telcos, defense contractors, law enforcement agencies, trade groups, treaty organizations, researchers in relevant fields of study and government agencies. In addition, APWG’s projects have spawned important new counter-cybercrime institutions and resources for which APWG members have guided, priority access.
APWG member benefits include:
APWG, founded in 2003 as the Anti-Phishing Working Group was founded by Tumbleweed Communications, financial services institutions and e-commerce providers, holding its first meeting in November 2003 in San Francisco. In June, APWG 2004 was incorporated as an independent corporation controlled by its board of founding directors, its executives and its steering committee.