Microsoft wants to unite APAC markets under new cybersecurity council
Microsoft has launched its first ever Asia Pacific Sector Cyber Security Executive Council that will bring together seven markets across in the region to build a strong and coordinated response to cyberattacks.
Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, and South Korea are the first seven members to be joining the council. Fifteen policymakers from government and state agencies, technology and industry leaders, as well as cybersecurity professionals from Microsoft will meet on a quarterly basis to exchange information on cyber threats and cybersecurity solutions.
Microsoft said that the formation of the council marks “the first step towards defending [communities] in [the] cyberspace.”
“Our joint mission is to build a strong coalition, to strengthen our cyber security defense,” said Sherie Ng, Public Sector General Manager at Microsoft Asia Pacific.
The council’s cybersecurity concerns will span across critical sectors including healthcare, transportation, finance, and education.
Dato’ Ts. Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab FASc, CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia, added that: “Cybersecurity is an important national agenda that cannot rely solely on the back of the 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 establishes stronger partnerships with industry leaders and practitioners that allow us to fortify our security postures and combat cybercrime,” he continued.
Thanks to the pandemic remote work new normal, the Asia Pacific region is most at risk of cybersecurity threats, including cyber espionage. Verizon’s Cyber Espionage Report revealed that the APAC region sees the most frequent occurrence when it comes to cyber espionage attacks, with 42% of organisations having experienced a breach.