100 Resilient Cities (100RC) – a global organisation pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation to ensure cities become more resilient to physical, social and economic challenges – has entered into a partnership with Microsoft to help cities build cyber security strategies and combat online threats.
As part of the agreement, Microsoft is joining 100RC’s Platform Partners network – a group of specialised organisations from the public, private, and non-profit sectors that provide critical tools and services for cities, including big data, analytics, technology, resilience land use planning, infrastructure design, and new financing and insuring products.
In particular, Microsoft will provide best practices and resources for cities to develop a cyber security strategy as part of their resilience programme, workshops led by cyber security experts, and cybersecurity knowledge exchanges at 100RC-organised city workshops.
“As governments become increasingly reliant on digital communications and commerce, cyber security has emerged as a top priority for our cities,” said Michael Berkowitz, 100RC’s president. “By partnering with an industry leader such as Microsoft, we are helping our cities build resilience so they can serve their citizens better in both good times and bad, and more ably address the challenges they face in a 21st century world.”
Microsoft is already empowering cities to embrace the increasingly digital landscape through Microsoft CityNext – an initiative aimed at helping cities increase productivity and efficiency by implementing social, mobile, cloud and data technology solutions.
“Helping cities embrace technology for the future goes hand in hand with cyber security,” said Rob Bernard, chief environmental and cities strategist at Microsoft. “With Microsoft CityNext, we’re committed to equipping cities with the world’s premiere cyber security technology and helping city leaders identify vulnerabilities and plan against cyber threats. Partnering with 100RC will give us an opportunity to continue and expand that effort, allowing more cities to embrace new technology solutions with confidence.”
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