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Microsoft launched CSEC in India


Microsoft India launched its first full-scale Cybersecurity Engagement Center (CSEC) in the country recently in Delhi. This first-of-its-kind center in India will bring together Microsoft capabilities to foster deeper cybersecurity collaborations with public and private sector organizations and build a trusted and secure computing environment, a critical enabler for India’s digital transformation. This is Microsoft’s seventh Cybersecurity Center in the world and will function as a satellite to the company’s Redmond Digital Crimes Unit (DCU). The company has also rolled out a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity among Indian organizations.

Announcing these cybersecurity investments in the country, Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India, said, “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.”

Over the last 12 months, the Microsoft cybersecurity engagement team met with over 100 organizations in India. Based on those conversations, the team observed three common IT environment issues plaguing organizations in the country. These are also the highest cybersecurity risks. These include: Unmanaged and unregulated IT assets usage, procurement and maintenance,Poor knowledge of cyber hygiene among users within organizations, Inability of companies to timely monitor, detect and remove cyber threats.

The Cybersecurity Engagement Center will bring together Microsoft and its partners to identify and respond to cyber threats in the country. According to Madhu Khatri, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft India, “We want to collaborate with our customers, our partners and with the Government to combat cyber threat in India. As governments and enterprises embrace digital transformation and strive for resilience, a holistic and agile security platform is ever more critical. This is where Microsoft’s unique threat intelligence innovations and trusted cloud ecosystem offer them powerful protection against security threats.”

In addition to enabling and empowering enterprises to manage modern security threats effectively, the Microsoft Cybersecurity Engagement Center will aim to expand Microsoft’s public-private partnerships in country.

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