Microsoft expands cybersecurity investments in APAC


5 October 2016

Microsoft has launched its first combined Transparency Centre and Cybersecurity Centre in Singapore, serving the Asia Pacific region. According to Microsoft, the joint facility will bring together Microsoft capabilities in a single location in Asia Pacific.

"The joint centres will allow Microsoft to, for the first time, deliver a holistic approach to building a trusted and secure computing environment which we all know will be a critical enabler for digital transformation," said Jessica Tan, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore at the opening of Microsoft's Transparency and Cybersecurity Centres.

The company said the Singapore Transparency Centre 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 this year, including the recently announced Transparency Centre in Beijing, China.

Toni Townes-Whitley, corporate vice-president, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation, said, “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."

"It is 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 capabilities to protect, detect and respond," she added.

According to Microsoft, the Microsoft Transparency Centre 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.

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. The Cybersecurity Centre, Microsoft said, 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".

The company said the Transparency and Cybersecurity Centres will expand Microsoft’s public-private partnerships in the Asia Pacific region, while enabling and empowering enterprises to manage modern security threats effectively.

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, said Keshav Dhakad, regional director, Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), Microsoft Asia.

"Through strong public-private partnerships, we also empower them to investigate, disrupt and prosecute global cybercriminal networks.”