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Software giant Microsoft has opened its first Cyber Security Engagement Centre in Gurugram to drive public-private partnerships to fight cybercrime, strengthen the cooperation with Indian businesses, government and academic organizations on cybersecurity, and increase its contribution towards securing Indian computer and internet users from cybercrime threats.
The centre brings together Microsoft’s Digital Crime Unit experts comprising attorneys, investigators and security response experts from across the company. The Gurugram center is one of the seven centers globally and will serve as a dedicated hub for Microsoft in India.
As part of Microsoft Consultancy Services (MCS), a dedicated India-based response team will also offer cyber monitoring, use machine learning based detection technology and ensure rapid response and resolution to cyber threats to enterprise customers in the country, Microsoft said in a statement.
Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India, said, “India stands at an exciting threshold today as data becomes a key driver of growth across every sector and industry and cloud-based computing becomes more prevalent. Cybersecurity is crucial for Digital India. A data driven economy can flourish only when governments, businesses and individuals have access to hyper scale and hyper flexible cloud computing with the confidence that their data is secure. Our Cyber Security Engagement Center in Gurgaon underlines our relentless commitment to security and partnering India in its digital transformation.”
The CSEC will use Microsoft’s DCU Cyber Threat Intelligence Program that monitors and analyze malware infections; provide malware threat assessment and provide actionable information and intelligence for select IP infrastructures shared by its customers on a non-commercial basis.
Using a proprietary algorithm, Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics works round the clock, constantly learning from the behavior of organisational entities (users, devices, and resources) and helps customers adapt to the changing nature of cybersecurity attacks. Additionally, Microsoft’s Advanced Threat Protection in Exchange Online Protection helps prevent malware attacks in an email environment, strengthening security and protection against the growing threat of identity frauds and business email frauds.
Microsoft’s CSEC will combine the company’s technical proficiency, tools and technology with cross-industry expertise to effectively reduce digital risks. It will work with the National Cybersecurity Coordinator as well as the CERT-India and share information to help reduce malware and digital risk in the country, enabling a safe digital India.