A new approach to security is needed, says Satya Nadella

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 18 November 2015
A new approach to security is needed, says Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella has highlighted the need for a new approach to security in his keynote address at the Government Cloud Forum in Washington D.C, US.

Microsoft’s CEO explained how the company’s unique insight into cyber-threats, coupled with Microsoft’s range of technologies and solutions from the security ecosystem, are helping to protect customers.

“When we start to talk about cybersecurity, I want to first start with Microsoft’s mission,” Nadella said. “Our mission to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more is what drives all of our technology innovation agenda, how we interact with our customers, how we show up with our customers, how we partner with the broader ecosystem. It drives everything that we do.”

Today, the modern employee accesses sensitive data on both on-premise and cloud-based systems, using everything from laptops and desktops to internet of things sensors and bring-your-own devices. But while the business benefits of such connectivity are vast, the threat to cyber security is also increased.

“We’re taking a principled approach with strong commitments to make sure that our customers can trust digital technology that they use,” Nadella said. “We have four pillars to this. When it comes to privacy, we will ensure your data is private and is under your control. When it comes to compliance, we will manage your data in accordance with the law of the land. We will also be transparent about both the collection of data and the uses of data. And lastly, we will ensure that all your data is secure.”

As part of its commitment to cyber security, Microsoft has unveiled plans to create a new Cyber Defense Operations Center, which will bring together security experts from across the company to identify and respond to threats in real time. The facility will be staffed with dedicated teams 24 hours a day and has direct access to security professionals, data analysts, engineers, developers, program managers, and operations specialists across Microsoft. This will help ensure a quick response and resolution to security threats.

Microsoft has also announced the formation of a new dedicated group of global security experts – the Microsoft Enterprise Cybersecurity Group (ECG). The group will work together to deliver security solutions, expertise and services that enable companies to modernise their IT platforms, move to the cloud securely and protect data.

Satya Nadella’s full keynote from the Government Cloud Forum can be found here.

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