With Latin American leaders more anxious than ever about cyber attacks and data breaches, Microsoft has just announced a new cyber security initiative aimed squarely at Latin America.
The project goes back to 2015, when the company set up a state-of-the-art facility in Redmond, Washington called the Cyber Defense Operations Center, dedicated to “protect, detect, and respond to threats in real time.” Bret Arsenault, Microsoft’s chief information security officer, said at the time that the facility would help the company “empower organizations to modernize their IT platforms, move to the cloud and keep data safe.”
This latest initiative is an update designed for Latin America.
“The new (Latin America) center will work together with Microsoft’s Cyber Crime Center in Redmond,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, executive VP and president of Microsoft global sales, marketing and operations. “Our goal is to help companies and governments with security solutions which facilitate their digital transformation through our cutting-edge intelligence, data analysis, forensics and legal strategies.”
Although the Center’s main objective will be to support public agencies, it will also help private organizations confront botnets and other online security threats. The company also plans to offer training programs for public security personnel.
“Microsoft will use its cyber security capabilities to help customers identify threats… and protect them from online attacks,” said Jorge Silva, general manager of Microsoft Mexico.
Among other capabilities, the Center will help:
- Train governments to proactively fight cybercrime, in particular botnet schemes;
- Facilitate collaboration between LatAm cyber security experts and Microsoft personnel;
- Establish a center for technical training and auxiliary support.
Microsoft has also agreed to establish a joint Government Security facility with Mexico’s Federal Police that specializes in cyber security research and technical training.
The agreement was signed by the head of the Federal Police, Manelich Castilla, and Jorge Silva of Microsoft Mexico. Mexico’s national security commissioner, Renato Sales Heredia, and Jean-Philippe Courtois, Microsoft’s executive president of global sales, were present as witnesses.
“This center will bring Microsoft’s security offerings much closer to customers and eventually become a strategic part of their transformation. Together, we will help the nation and region become more prosperous, productive and secure,” said Jorge Silva.
Given Windows’ historic vulnerability to attack, Microsoft may have more experience fighting cyber crime than any other organization in the world.
With those hard-earned knocks under their belt, this new iniative seems like a win-win: welcome news for Latin America and good business for Microsoft.