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Microsoft launches fifth Cybercrime Satellite Centre in Singapore

Zafirah Salim | Feb. 17, 2015
The new centre aims to foster stronger regional collaboration with Interpol, computer emergency response teams, Internet service providers and enterprises to advance global fight against cybercrime.

Ms Jessica Tan, Managing Director of Microsoft Singapore (left) and Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry (right) at the launch ceremony of Microsoft's Cybercrime Satellite Centre in Singapore.

Microsoft yesterday (Feb 16) launched its new Cybercrime Satellite Centre in Singapore, expanding its network of centres to five globally, including those in Beijing, Berlin, Tokyo and Washington.

According to the tech giant, the new centre serves as a satellite extension of the Microsoft Cybercrime Centre in Redmond, USA, Microsoft's headquarters for fighting cybercrime.

It will serve as the regional hub for Microsoft to undertake cybercrime and cybersecurity initiatives in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region through public-private partnerships and cross-industry collaboration, supporting all major Southeast Asian countries as well as Australia, India, Korea and New Zealand.

Microsoft hopes this centre will bring deeper awareness about rising cybercrime threats, greater understanding of trusted digital platforms and cloud computing, as well as build global best practices on preventive measures for a safer Internet ecosystem.

This will be driven primarily by Microsoft through the provision of strategic support to customers and partners in fostering robust IT governance models and helping with threat intelligence capabilities delivered through the cloud.

At the launch event held at the Microsoft Technology Centre yesterday, Jessica Tan, Managing Director of Microsoft Singapore, said that establishing a local presence would help Microsoft "see threats more intimately at the local level, which translates to improved local awareness."

Cesar Cernuda, President of Microsoft APAC, who also graced the event, said that this new Cybercrime Satellite Centre in Singapore would serve as an important hub for Microsoft to advance its cybersecurity work throughout the region.

"Through the Centre, we will bring strategic threat intelligence sharing more directly to regional key stakeholders and drive deeper collaboration on cybersecurity with our Digital Crimes Unit in fighting malware and reducing digital risk in Asia Pacific," he added.

Fostering partnerships to combat cybercrime

One of the core priorities for the centre is to reduce malware-related infections in Singapore and the APAC region, and Microsoft aims to do this by collaborating with third-party partners under Microsoft's Cyber-Threat Intelligence Programme.

The programme leverages strong community-based relationships and collaboration to collectively analyse and assess existing local and regional cybersecurity threats. It will develop detection, identification, notification and threat remediation programs to benefit governments, organisations and individuals.

Another key focus area of the Centre is to nurture deeper engagement with public and private sector organisations, according to Microsoft. As such, it is currently working closely with the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore, industry partners, law enforcement, computer emergency response teams (CERTs) and Internet service providers (ISPs) in the region, as well as enterprises and academia to advance strong cybersecurity capabilities and practices.


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