Microsoft is opening a brand new Cyber Security Engagement Center (CSEC) in Gurgaon, India. The center is aimed towards amping up the country’s cyber security capabilities in various spheres and has the potential to play a crucial role in securing — literally — Prime Minister Modi’s dream of a digital and connected India.
The CSEC will also aim to drive public-private partnerships to prevent cybercrime and strengthen Microsoft’s cooperation with Indian businesses, government and academic organizations while dealing with security issues. The center also has the support of various national agencies — such as the National Cybersecurity Coordinator and CERT-India — and will share information with them so as to mitigate malware and other web related concerns in the country.
The center will be one of its kind. Along with security experts, attorneys and investigators from across the company will also be brought under a single roof so as to provide a single entity capable of dealing with all manner of cyber threats. The Gurgaon center is one of Microsoft’s seven centers globally and will also serve as a dedicated hub for the company.
Speaking on the topic, Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India, said,
India stands at an exciting threshold today as data becomes a key driver of growth across every sector and industry and Cloud based computing becomes more prevalent. Cybersecurity is crucial for Digital India. A data driven economy can flourish only when governments, businesses and individuals have access to hyper scale and hyper flexible cloud computing with the confidence that their data is secure. Our Cyber Security Engagement Center in Gurgaon underlines our relentless commitment to security and partnering India in its digital transformation.
How is it going to help Microsoft? Well, the company will also be offering a consultancy service to enterprises which will provide cyber monitoring and ensure rapid response and resolution to cyber threats. The systems will also use machine learning based detection technology and are likely to be among one of the best services of it’s kind across the country. And you can be sure that Microsoft is going to sell them at a price.
The advanced systems used by the CSEC meanwhile, will deploy a proprietary algorithm that will be able to learn from the behavior of organizational entities (including users, devices, and resources) and will help its customers adapt to the constantly changing cybersecurity attacks.
Well, the move is certainly good news for the country, which has seen a rise in the number of cybersecurity related concerns in recent years. With Microsoft’s CSEC on the lookout — which invests over a billion dollars in security research and development annually and is also the first company in the industry to win a ISO/IEC 27018 certification — hackers and crackers and the like may just have some tough times ahead.