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apacciooutlook | Friday, October 07, 2016
SINGAPORE: Microsoft launches its combined Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center in Singapore to serve the Asia-Pacific region targeting both the public and private sector. The company aims to build a trusted and secure computing environment to enhance digital transformation.
The Transparency Center, which forms the basis of the Government Security Programme (GSP), 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. The initiative will offer the Singapore government agencies the opportunity to review the source code of Microsoft products, access information on cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities, and benefit from the expertiseand insight of Microsoft security professionals. This will also enable and empower enterprises to manage modern security threats effectively.
This combined facility will expand Microsoft’s public-private- partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region, while providing security platform, threat intelligence analytics, advanced threat protection, machine learning capabilities, security services and cloud security in a comprehensive way. The Cybersecurity Center will bring forth innovations and advancements in these fields to counter the rapidly changing cybersecurity scenario and rising cybercriminal activities.
“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,” says Toni Townes-Whitley, Corporate Vice-President, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation.