Microsoft has established a public sector cybersecurity council of 15 Asia Pacific (APAC) policymakers to combat cyber threats and share best practices. To build a strong communication channel to deal with cyber threats and share best practices in participating countries, Microsoft launched the first Executive Cybersecurity Council for the Asia-Pacific Sector.
The council made up of politicians and influential people from Brunei, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. This will support to the cybersecurity experts.
“Our shared mission is to build a strong coalition to strengthen our cybersecurity safeguards,” said Sherry Ng, general manager, public sector, Microsoft Asia Pacific.
APAC countries continue to have higher average incidence rates of malware and ransomware attacks. 1.6 and 1.7 times higher, respectively, than the rest of the world.
No company can fight cyber crime effectively. That’s why Microsoft created the Asia-Pacific region’s first public sector cybersecurity executive board. It brings together a coalition of politicians from government and government agencies as well as technology and industry leaders.
This help to build strong communication channels to deal with cyber threats and share best practices in participating countries.
Microsoft Cybersecurity Council Members
The council will join by 15 politicians from Brunei, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. This will help to support cybersecurity experts from Microsoft.
This team is instrumental in accelerating public-private partnerships in cybersecurity. While promoting greater sharing of threat intelligence to better respond to attacks.
At the forefront of the council’s vision is the desire to build communities. This information, technology and threat resources can be shared in a timely and open manner. T
he council should meet every three months to maintain an ongoing exchange of information on cyber threats and cybersecurity decisions.
According to the Microsoft Endpoint Threat Report for 2019, an annual study designed to identify cyber threats and build cyber resilience in the region. The incidence of malware in APAC is 5.34%, down from 23% in 2018.
As part of the board, government agencies and government leaders will join a forum that will include Microsoft and its cybersecurity advisory ecosystem.
The purpose of this forum is to share best practices, learn from Microsoft security certification training, special seminars and hands-on labs to foster workforce digital skills enhancement and narrow the cybersecurity talent gap in participating countries.
In emerging markets, where cyber cleanliness low and pirate software is more common. Ransomware become a bigger problem than in developed countries.
Overall, the frequency of ransomware encounters in the region decreased by 29% in 2018, but is still 1.7 times higher than globally.