Microsoft has announced the launch of its first full-scale Cybersecurity Engagement Center (CSEC) in New Delhi, India. The first-of-its-kind center in India, and seventh in the world, will bring together Microsoft capabilities to foster deeper cybersecurity collaborations with public and private sector organizations and will function as a satellite to the company’s Redmond Digital Crimes Unit (DCU).
At Microsoft, we put trust and security at the core of everything we do. India stands at an exciting threshold today as we embrace the power of mobile and cloud computing. Data is becoming the driver of growth and innovation across every sector and will catalyze the 4th industrial revolution. We believe security of critical information is imperative for our corporate customers, just as it is vital to ensure security and privacy of citizen data and transactions. Our first investment towards this was setting up our local datacenters in India last year, and today’s launch of the Cybersecurity Engagement Center is the second. Our cybersecurity investments in the country underline our relentless commitment to partnering India in realizing its digital vision.
– Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India
While running a pilot over the last 12 months, the company’s cybersecurity engagement team met with over 100 organizations in India and observed common IT environment issues. The CSEC will bring together Microsoft and its partners to identify and respond to cyber threats in the country. As governments and enterprises embrace digital transformation, the company aims to collaborate with customers, partners and with the Government to combat cyber threat in the country.
The Microsoft CSEC also aims to expand Microsoft’s public-private partnerships in country as well as enable customers to tap into a pool of resources such as security specialists and technologies as part of Microsoft Consultancy Services (MCS). The dedicated India-based response team will offer security consultancy services including cyber monitoring, threat detection using machine learning based technology, and rapid response and resolution to cyber threats to the enterprise customers.
Microsoft has also rolled out Microsoft Secure, a nationwide campaign to increase awareness on cybersecurity to help organizations understand their security requirements better. The campaign has reached out to over 300 enterprises already and aims to drive educational sessions and coaching sessions with more of them.
Microsoft invests more than a billion dollars a year in security research, innovation and development. With the launch of Microsoft CSEC in India, the company aims to offer its unique threat intelligence innovations and trusted cloud ecosystem for powerful protection against security threats.Further reading: Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Center, Digital Crimes Unit, India