Microsoft Advances Cybersecurity Investments in APAC with Transparency Center & Cybersecurity Center Launch

Microsoft today launched its first combined Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center in Singapore, serving the Asia-Pacific region. The joint facility will for the first time bring together Microsoft capabilities in a single location in Asia-Pacific to deliver a holistic approach to serving the security needs of both the public and private sector and building a trusted and secure computing environment, a critical enabler for digital transformation.

The Microsoft Transparency Center is a cornerstone of Microsoft’s long-standing Government Security Program (GSP), which offers participating government agencies the opportunity to review the source code of Microsoft products, access information on cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities, and benefit from the expertise and insight of Microsoft security professionals. Nearly 40 countries and international organizations currently participate in the Microsoft GSP program with 9 participants from Asia.

The Singapore Transparency Center is a convenient location for governments in the Asia region and will be part of a global network that covers four regions, joining existing facilities in Redmond, Washington, for North America, and Brussels, Belgium, for Europe. In addition, more details of other new Microsoft Transparency Centers will be shared later in 2016, including recently the announced Transparency Center in Beijing, China.

Singapore's Minister for Home Affairs and Minister of Law, K. Shanmugam officiates the opening of the centres

Singapore’s Minister for Home Affairs and Minister of Law, K. Shanmugam officiates the opening of the centres

Toni Townes-Whitley, Corporate Vice-President, World-Wide Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation, said, “Public-private partnerships are key to strengthening national cybersecurity. The opening of the Microsoft regional Transparency Center in Singapore to serve the wider Asia-Pacific region, advances our worldwide commitment to drive transparency, security and trust in digital technologies in the mobile-first and cloud-first world. It’s part of the Microsoft Government Security Program, where we support, collaborate and enable governments to protect citizens, public services and national infrastructure from cybercrime threats and to meet their rigorous cybersecurity requirements by building strong protect, detect & respond capabilities.”

The Microsoft Cybersecurity Center in Singapore, co-located with the Transparency Center, will enable enterprises and organizations to tap into a pool of resources such as security specialists and technologies at Microsoft. With cybersecurity landscape changing rapidly with the rise in cybercriminal activities, the Cybersecurity Center will bring forth innovations and advancements by way of security platform, threat intelligence analytics, advanced threat protection, machine learning capabilities, security services and cloud security in a comprehensive way.

Keshav Dhakad, Regional Director & Assistant General Counsel, Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), Microsoft Asia, said, “On the face of rising cybercriminal activities, security is a critical enabler for governments and enterprises as they move towards digital transformation. Microsoft ensures security by way of a comprehensive platform, unique intelligence and broad partnerships. Microsoft’s security investments also include investigating, disrupting and prosecuting global cybercriminals and sharing threat intelligence through a broad set of public-private partnerships. The Transparency Center & Cybersecurity Center would expand such partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region.”

In the drive to fight and disrupt cybercrime and make Internet a safer place, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) has fostered various public-private partnerships with public sector and enforcement agencies in the region in the last few years. This includes strategic collaboration with Interpol in global malware botnet disruption operations and a PhotoDNA licensing collaboration to support Interpol’s efforts in preventing child sexual exploitation online, as well as cyber threat intelligence sharing partnerships with several Internet Service Providers in the region and government Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs).

To support a comprehensive, cross-company and cross-industry approach to cybersecurity, Microsoft invests more than a billion dollars a year in security research, innovation and development. This includes a recently announced global Cyber Defense Operations Center (C-DOC), a state-of-the-art 24/7 facility that brings together security response experts from across the company to help protect, detect and respond to threats in real-time, securing Microsoft’s internal resources, cloud infrastructure, customer online services, devices and products. Microsoft has also recently established an Enterprise Cybersecurity Group (ECG) – a dedicated team of worldwide security experts who will deliver security solutions, expertise and services that empower organizations to modernize their IT platforms, securely move to the cloud and keep data safe.

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