Microsoft sets up new Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center in Singapore

Dave W. Shanahan

Microsoft, Security, Singapore

Today, Microsoft announced the Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center in Singapore. The first of its kind, the Microsoft Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center will be a joint effort serving the Asia-Pacific region.

The Microsoft Transparency Center is the foundation of Microsoft’s Government Security Program (GSP), offering government agencies the opportunity to access cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities and offer prospective government customers the opportunity to review Microsoft GSP products and services. Microsoft’s GSP division currently offers products and services to 40 countries and international organizations worldwide, with 10 such entities reside in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Singapore Transparency Center will allow more governments in the Asia region better access to Microsoft professionals and security experts, joining the other Transparency Centers in North America (Redmond, Washington, USA), and Europe (Brussels, Belgium). There are more plans for Transparency Centers in other regions around the world, including Beijing, China.

Microsoft, Cybersecurity
(From left to right) Jacqueline Poh, Chief Executive Officer, Government Technology Agency (GovTech); Toni Townes-Whitley, Corporate Vice-President, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft; Minister K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law; and Jessica Tan, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore

Toni Townes-Whitley, Microsoft Corporate Vice-President of Worldwide Public Sector shares her thoughts on the Transparency Center in Singapore:

“Public-private partnerships are key to strengthening national cybersecurity. The opening of the Microsoft regional Transparency Center in Singapore to serve the wider Asia-Pacific region, advances our worldwide commitment to drive transparency, security and trust in digital technologies in the mobile-first and cloud-first world. It is part of the Microsoft Government Security Program, where we support, collaborate and enable governments to protect citizens, public services and national infrastructure from cybercrime threats and to meet their rigorous cybersecurity requirements by building strong capabilities to protect, detect and respond.”

The Microsoft Cybersecurity Center will offer security platform advancements and try to stay one step ahead of cyber criminals and offer threat intelligence analytics, advanced threat protection, machine learning capabilities, security services and cloud security, all powered by Azure. Microsoft plans on making more announcements about Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center locations coming soon, and so stay tuned.