New Delhi: With the goal of building a strong communications channel to address cyber threats and share best practices among participating countries, Microsoft has launched the first Asia-Pacific Public Sector Cyber Security Executive Board.
The council, made up of political and influential leaders from Brunei, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, with the support of cybersecurity professionals, aims to accelerate public-private partnerships in cybersecurity, sharing intelligence. threat on Microsoft, Microsoft said in a statement Monday.
“Our joint mission is to build a strong coalition, strengthen our defense against cybersecurity,” said Sherie Ng, general manager of Microsoft Asia Pacific’s public sector.
APAC countries continue to experience a higher-than-average rate of malware and ransomware attacks, 1.6 and 1.7 times higher, respectively, than the rest of the world.
“This group marks a significant commitment to accelerating public-private partnerships in cybersecurity, while promoting a broader distribution of intelligence on threats to be better positioned to respond in the event of attacks,” said the tech giant.
The board will meet virtually quarterly to maintain an ongoing exchange of information on cyber threats and cybersecurity solutions.
At least 32 Indian organizations have been attacked by hackers exploiting vulnerabilities on unpatched Microsoft business email servers, a new report warned on Monday adding that financial and banking institutions have been the hardest hit in the country.
“This coalition is certainly establishing stronger partnerships with industry leaders and professionals that allow us to strengthen our security stances and fight cybercrime,” said Drs. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab FASc, CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia, of Dato ‘Ts.
As part of the board, government agencies and state leaders will join a forum that includes Microsoft and its ecosystem of cybersecurity industry advisors.
“With landscapes of similar threats, this partnership will ensure that we are one step ahead of the perpetrators, also setting higher standards for the cybersecurity ecosystem,” added ChangHee Yun, senior researcher at AI / Future Strategy Center, National Information Society Agency Korea.
The goal of the forum is to share best practices, learn from Microsoft security certification capabilities, dedicated workshops, and hands-on lab sessions, with the goal of achieving improvements in the workforce’s digital skills to reduce talent gap in cybersecurity around the world. participating nations.