Microsoft launches first cyber security council in Asia Pacific

The first Asia Pacific Public Sector Cyber Security Executive Council exists in seven markets in the region

Cybercrime is globally disruptive and economically damaging, causing trillions of dollars in financial losses and operational impacts to individual and business victims. It threatens national security and diminishes trust in the digital economy and the Internet.

No single entity can fight cybercrime effectively. Which is why Microsoft has launched the first Asia Pacific Public Sector Cyber Security Executive Council. It brings together policy makers from government and state agencies and technology and industry leaders to build a strong communications channel for addressing cyber threats and sharing best practices across the participating countries.

Joining the council are 15 policy makers from Brunei, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, supported by cybersecurity professionals from Microsoft. This public-private partnership in cybersecurity promotes a broader sharing of threat intelligence to respond in the event of an attack.

Quarterly, the council will meet virtually to exchange of information on cyber threats and cybersecurity solutions.

Empowering a digital society

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft shared that over the past year, the company has witnessed a second wave of digital transformation, and governments have adopted technology initiatives to build resilience.

Nadella emphasized the need for a strong digital foundation in order for the public sector to succeed, and they can do that by adopting a data driven strategy. Satya emphasized Microsoft’s commitments in the form the new data center regions in New Zealand, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President of Security Compliance and Identity shared that bad actors repurpose their infrastructure to attract attention based on the news of the day. For organizations and governments to stay protected, a zero-trust mindset is needed.

More effective strategy against cyberattacks

With most technology infrastructure owned and operated by private companies; it is also mission critical that governments form coalitions with leading tech companies to lead effective cyber-defense strategies and safeguard our region against attackers.

Dato’ Ts. Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab FASc, CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia shared, “Cybersecurity is an important national agenda that cannot rely solely on the back of IT team. It should be a priority and responsibility of all individuals, as we continue to see cyber-criminal activities rise exponentially with the proliferation of data and digital connectivity. This coalition certainly establish stronger partnerships with industry leaders and practitioners that allow us to fortify our security postures and combat cybercrime.”

Governments and tech sector collaboration

As part of the Asia Pacific Public Sector Cyber Security Executive Council, government agencies and state leaders will join a forum that includes Microsoft and our ecosystem of cybersecurity industry advisors. The aim of the forum is to share best practices, learn from Microsoft security certification trainings, dedicated workshops, and hands-on lab sessions, with a goal of driving improvements to the digital skills of the workforce to reduce the talent gap in cybersecurity across the participating nations. The members will share experiences and knowledge relating to cyber threats and will work to drive greater collaboration and cooperation between countries. This effort will build on existing efforts to strengthen cybersecurity partnerships in the Asia-Pacific, including through the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and Global Forum on Cyber Expertise./

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