Tech giant Microsoft has launched its Cybersecurity Engagement Centre (CSEC) in India to manage modern security threats effectively. Situated in Delhi, the centre in India will bring together Microsoft capabilities to foster deeper cyber security collaborations with public and private sector organisations and build a trusted and secure computing environment, a critical enabler for India’s digital transformation.
“The purpose is to secure India in its journey of digital transformation,” said Bhaskar Pramanik, chairman, Microsoft India.
He also said that India stands at an exciting threshold today as it embraces the power of mobile and cloud computing. “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 data centres in India last year, and the launch of the Cybersecurity Engagement Centre is the second. Our cyber security investments in the country underline our relentless commitment to partnering India in realising its digital vision,” said Pramanik.
These centres are aimed at combating cybercrime, such as malware and botnets, that infringes upon networks running across platforms. Microsoft India primarily aims to partner with government to combat cyber crime in India. “We want to collaborate with our customers, our partners and with the government to combat cyber threat in India,” said Madhu Khatri, associate general counsel, Microsoft India.
According to a recent Assocham-PwC joint research, cyber crime cases in the country registered under the IT Act, 2000 surged nearly 300% between 2011 and 2014. The study says that with every passing year, cyber attacks continue to escalate in frequency, severity as well as impact.
This is Microsoft’s seventh Cybersecurity Centre in the world and will function as a satellite to the company’s main digital crimes unit (DCU) located in Redmond, Washington. The DCU employs mostly lawyers, data analysts and engineers, and forensic analysts.
Microsoft India ran a year-long pilot out of its Gurgaon office, under which its cyber security engagement team met with over 100 organisations in the country. Based on those conversations, the team observed three common IT environment issues plaguing organisations in India—unmanaged or unregulated IT assets usage, poor knowledge of cyber hygiene and inability to timely monitor, detect and remove cyber threats. The centre is expected to help the company interact with government organisations and enterprises to quickly address cyber risks and cyber attacks. The centre will also enable customers to tap into a pool of resources such as security specialists and security technologies at Microsoft. As part of Microsoft Consultancy Services (MCS), a dedicated India-based response team will offer security consultancy services to enterprise customers. The services offered include cyber monitoring, threat detection using machine learning based technology and rapid response and resolution to cyber threats.
Besides, the company has also rolled out a nationwide campaign, Microsoft Secure, to raise awareness about cyber security among Indian organisations. Under this, the company will drive educational sessions and coaching sessions with enterprises in the country. The campaign has reached out to over 300 enterprises so far.
The other cyber security centres operated by Microsoft are located in Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Berlin and Washington DC. The company also indicated about its eight such centre in 2017; however Microsoft was tight-lipped about the location.
Microsoft DCU has fostered various partnerships with the public sector and enforcement agencies globally to fight malware, reduce digital risk and protect vulnerable populations.