Microsoft launches its first Transparency Center to serve governments in Latin America

Arif Bacchus

Microsoft has announced that it has launched a Transparency Center to serve governments in Latin America.  The center is the fourth of its kind in the world and comes after Microsoft recently launched a similar center in Singapore to support the support the Asia and Pacific region.

The new Transparency Center is part of Microsoft’s Government Security Program and allows governments to access to important cybersecurity-related information from Microsoft programs focused on intelligence, malware protection, and security to combat cybercrime. About 40 countries and other international organizations (now including Brazil) are part of the program, such as the United States and Brussels, Belgium.

According to Microsoft, the new Transparency Center will serve governments of several countries in Latin America, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. Many local authorities such as Brazil Acting President, Rodrigo Maia, Secretary of IT Policy, Maximiliano Martinhão, and Minister of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications, Gilberto Kassab; attended the opening event of the Transparency Center.  A protocol of intentions to join the Government Security Program has also been signed by Mr. Marcelo Pagotti, Secretary of Information Technology of the Ministry of Planning, Development and Management.

Toni Townes-Whitley, corporate vice-president, Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft had the following to say for the occasion:

“Our Microsoft Transparency Center in Brazil will serve the wider Latin America and Caribbean countries, and advances our responsibility and commitment to drive transparency, privacy & control, security and compliance for our technologies. It is part of the Microsoft Government Security Program, that aims to collaborate to protect citizens, public services and national infrastructure from cybercrime threats and to accomplish a key role to protect, detect and respond to digital threats.”

What do you think of this latest opening of another Transparency Center? Do you think it is good for cyber security in Latin and South America? Let us know what you think by dropping us a comment below!