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Microsoft launches its first-ever “Asia Pacific Public Sector Cyber Security Executive Council

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Asia Pacific Public Sector Cyber Security Executive Council

Microsoft has recently launched its first-ever “Asia Pacific Public Sector Cyber Security Executive Council”.

It was launched with the aim of building strong communications channel to address cyber threats and to share best practices among participating countries.

About the Council:

  • Cybersecurity Council comprises of policy makers and influencers from countries like Indonesia, Korea, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, and Thailand.
  • It is supported by cybersecurity professionals. Council was set up with the aim of accelerating public-private partnerships in cybersecurity, and share threat intelligence.

Reason for setting up the Council:

  • Council was set up to build a strong coalition and to strengthen cybersecurity defense.
  • It was launched in the view that the above-mentioned countries experience a higher-than-average encounter rate of malware and ransomware attacks.
  • They experience 1.6 times higher malware attacks and 1.7 times higher ransomware attacks as compared to other countries.

What are the functions of Council?

The following are the functions of the Council.

  • The Council will meet virtually on a quarterly basis so as to continuously exchange information on cyber threats and related cybersecurity solutions.
  • They will learn from Microsoft security certification trainings, hands on lab sessions and dedicated workshops to improve digital skills of workforce.
  • It will in turn help in reducing talent gap in cybersecurity.

About Microsoft:

  • Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company.
  • Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on 4 April 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States.
  • It is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.
  • It is considered one of the Big Five companies in the U.S. information technology industry, along with Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook.
  • It develops, manufactures, licenses supports, and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services.

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