Microsoft today launched its first combined Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center in Singapore, which will serve the Asia Pacific region. The joint facility aims 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 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. The Singapore Transparency Center is a convenient location for governments in the Asia Pacific and will complement existing facilities in Washington, Brussels, and a planned launch in Beijing.
“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 is part of the Microsoft Government Security Programme, 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 capabilities to protect, detect and respond,” said Toni Townes-Whitley, Corporate Vice-President, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation.
The Microsoft Cybersecurity Center in Singapore, co-located with the Transparency Center, will enable enterprises and organisations to tap into a pool of resources such as security specialists and technologies at Microsoft. Amid rising cybercriminal activities and a rapidly changing cybersecurity landscape, 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.
Cybersecurity is something companies cannot shy away from, especially when are talking about the cloud. The Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center will extend Microsoft’s reach in the cybersecurity arena in the Asia-Pacific region. This will build on their past established partnerships with public sector and enforcement agencies in the region, as well as aligned to their new Enterprise Cybersecurity Group (ECG), which will help organisations modernise their IT platforms to withstand the new potential threats.