Advancing our encryption and transparency efforts

Posted by Matt ThomlinsonVice President, Trustworthy Computing Security, Microsoft In December, we announced our commitment to further increase the security of our customers’ data. We also announced our plans to reinforce legal protections for our customers’ data, and continue to increase transparency in how we engage with governments around the world. We are making positive…


White House highlights value of partnership in cybersecurity regulation

Editor’s Note: The following post is from J. Paul Nicholas, Senior Director, Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy at Microsoft and Cristin Goodwin, Senior Attorney, Regulatory Affairs at Microsoft. The 2013 Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (EO) set forth the U.S. Government’s two-phase approach to strengthening critical infrastructure cybersecurity. In the first phase, the…

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New research forecasts the staggering cost of cybercrime

Posted by David FinnAssociate General Counsel & Executive Director, Microsoft Cybercrime Center A new study released Tuesday reaffirms what we in Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit have seen for some time now – cybercrime is a booming business for organized crime groups all over the world. The study, conducted by IDC and the National University of Singapore…

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The key to a secure cyberspace: Speed and resilience

Posted by Mark WilliamsChief Security Officer, Microsoft Federal Organizations of all types today face a daily and growing assault from nation states, lone actors and organized crime. The effects of a cyber-attack can be as far-reaching, troublesome and significant as physical attacks, and can make or break organizations that are not sufficiently prepared. The question…

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Conundrums in cyberspace — exploiting security in the name of, well, security

Posted by Scott CharneyCorporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft At Microsoft, establishing and sustaining trust with our customers is essential. If our customers can’t rely on us to protect their data—whether from crooks, mismanagement or excessive government intrusion—they will look elsewhere for a technology provider.   Government access to data is a hot topic. But…

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Microsoft and global law enforcement leaders team up to fight cybercrime

Posted by David FinnExecutive Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Cybercrime Center Last week, Microsoft hosted our first Cybercrime Enforcement Summit. More than 60 global law enforcement leaders and cybercrime experts met in Redmond for two days of closed-door sessions, discussing best practices and concrete steps to protect people online. As I reflect upon…

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Reflections on the 1-year anniversary of critical infrastructure cybersecurity initiatives

Posted by Scott CharneyCorporate Vice President, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft Last February, both the United States and the European Union announced major cybersecurity policy initiatives. In the U.S., the Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity put forward an industry-driven approach to developing a Cybersecurity Framework, and emphasized the role of incentives to encourage use of…

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Microsoft announces Brussels Transparency Center at Munich Security Conference

Posted by Matt ThomlinsonVice President, Microsoft Security On Friday, I participated in a panel entitled “Rebooting Trust? Freedom vs. Security in Cyberspace” at the 50th Munich Security Conference. During my presentation, I discussed Microsoft’s initiatives to protect customer data from government snooping, which Microsoft General Counsel & Executive Vice President Brad Smith recently announced. Brad…

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New report outlines cybersecurity challenges in developing countries

Posted by Paul NicholasSenior Director, Global Security Strategy & Diplomacy, Microsoft On Thursday, Microsoft released a new study entitled The Cybersecurity Risk Paradox. The new report focuses on specific ways that social and economic factors affect cybersecurity outcomes worldwide. It is a follow-up study that builds on the earlier learnings of a study released last…

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Get an exclusive look inside Microsoft’s new high-tech headquarters for the fight against cybercrime

Posted by Steve WiensEditor, Stories Call them “the zombies next door.” With terrifying speed and stealth, cybercriminals can infect millions of PCs with malware, turning them into a vicious zombie army mobilized to commit crimes like identity theft, financial fraud and worse. The scope is staggering. Half of online adults have been victims of botnets…

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