- Council joined by 15 decision makers from Asia-Pacific, including Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia
- Coalition to meet virtually on a quarterly basis to exchange information, best practices
MICROSOFT has launched the Asia-Pacific Public Sector Cyber Security Executive Council, which the company says will bring together a coalition of policymakers from government and state agencies, as well as technology and industry leaders.
The coalition aims to create a strong communication channel to fight cyber threats and share best practices, Microsoft said in a statement.
15 decision makers from Brunei, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, supported by cybersecurity professionals from Microsoft, joined the board.
The board is to meet virtually quarterly to maintain an ongoing exchange of information on cyberthreats and cybersecurity solutions.
The advice is based on the idea that no single entity can effectively tackle cybercrime, Microsoft said.
The collective marks a commitment to accelerate public-private partnerships in the field of cybersecurity, while promoting wider sharing of threat intelligence in order to be better positioned to react in the event of an attack, he said. added.
The APAC region continues to experience above average encounter Malware and ransomware attack rate, respectively 1.6 to 1.7 times higher than the rest of the world.
“Cybersecurity is an important national agenda that cannot rest on the backs of the IT team alone. This should be a priority and a responsibility of all individuals as we continue to see cybercrime activities increase exponentially with the proliferation of data and digital connectivity, ”said Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab (Photo), Managing Director of CyberSecurity Malaysia (CSM).
“This coalition is certainly building stronger partnerships with industry leaders and practitioners that will allow us to strengthen our security postures and fight cybercrime.”
As part of the Council, government agencies and heads of state will join a forum that includes Microsoft and its ecosystem of cybersecurity advisers.
The goal of the forum is to share best practices, learn from Microsoft security certification trainings, dedicated workshops and hands-on lab sessions, with the aim of improving the digital skills of the workforce to to reduce the cybersecurity talent gap across the participating nations.
Members of the Asia-Pacific Public Sector Cyber Security Executive Board will share their experiences and knowledge related to cyber threats and strive to enhance collaboration and cooperation among countries.
This effort will build on existing efforts to strengthen cybersecurity partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region, including through the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Association of South Asian Nations East (ASEAN) and the Global Cyber Expertise Forum.
“Cyber threats and attacks are inevitable in this interconnected world, which is why our collective strength and collaboration as a community is imperative,” said Sherie Ng, Managing Director, Public Sector, Microsoft Asia Pacific.
“Our common mission is to build a strong coalition, to strengthen our defense in cybersecurity. “