Microsoft launches first combined Transparency Centre, Cybersecurity Centre
By Digital News Asia October 5, 2016
- Microsoft’s first joint facility worldwide.
- A cornerstone of Microsoft’s long-standing Government Security Programme
MICROSOFT launched its first combined Transparency Centre and Cybersecurity Centre in Singapore, serving the Asia-Pacific region.
The joint facility will for the first time bring together Microsoft capabilities in a single location in the 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 Centre is a cornerstone of Microsoft’s long-standing Government Security Programme (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 organisations currently participate in the Microsoft GSP programme with 10 participants from Asia.
The Singapore Transparency Centre is a convenient location for governments in the Asia-Pacific 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 Centres will be shared later in 2016, including the recently announced Transparency Centre in Beijing, China.
Microsoft Corporation Worldwide Public Sector corporate vice-president Toni Townes-Whitley said that, “public-private partnerships are key to strengthening national cybersecurity. The opening of the Microsoft regional Transparency Centre 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.”
The Microsoft Cybersecurity Centre in Singapore, co-located with the Transparency Centre, will enable enterprises and organisations to tap into a pool of resources such as security specialists and technologies at Microsoft.
With the rise in cybercriminal activities and the rapidly changing cybersecurity landscape, the Cybersecurity Centre 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.
Microsoft Asia Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) regional director and assistant general counsel Keshav Dhakad said that, “in the face of rising cyberattack sophistication, cybersecurity is mission-critical among C-suites and boardrooms. As governments and enterprises embrace digital transformation and strive for resilience, a holistic and agile security platform is ever more critical.”
The Transparency Centre and Cybersecurity Centre will expand Microsoft’s public-private- partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region, while enabling and empowering enterprises to manage modern security threats effectively.
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