As the world around us becomes more interwoven with the internet, there will always be the threat of us being hacked, cracked and our precious data stolen.

To help fight the scourge of cyber crime, Microsoft has opened a new Cyber Defense Operations Centre, which forms part of the company’s already billion-dollars-a-year plan to make the online world a safer one.

“This state-of-the-art facility brings together security response experts from across the company to help protect, detect and respond to threats in real-time. Staffed with dedicated teams 24×7, the centre has direct access to thousands of security professionals, data analysts, engineers, developers, program managers, and operations specialists throughout Microsoft to ensure rapid response and resolution to security threats,” explained Microsoft’s chief information security officer Bret Arsenault on the official Microsoft blog.

Arsenault went on to say that the centre can tap into Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit for law enforcement purposes, and maintains a steady rolodex of industry security partners, governments and enterprise customers.

Together with the centre, it also unveiled the Microsoft Enterprise Cybersecurity Group (ECG). The purpose of this unit is to “empower organisations to modernize their IT platforms, securely move to the cloud and keep data safe.”

The Group has been tasked with security assessments, threat detection, incident response capabilities, and to provide ongoing monitoring.

“I firmly believe that security is a journey and not a destination. It’s also an issue that must be addressed holistically by the industry and not by a single vendor. It’s only by working closely with our partners, the security ecosystem and governments around the world, that we can ensure consumers and businesses are able to trust the technology they use and don’t view security as a barrier to technology adoption,” he concluded.

[Source – Microsoft, Image – CC by 2.0/Austin Appel]
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