Looking to build stronger responses against cyberattacks in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, Microsoft on Monday announced the creation of a cybersecurity council for the public sector in the region.
The Asia Pacific Public Sector Cybersecurity Executive Council consists of policy makers and influencers from Brunei, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. It seeks seeks to accelerate collaboration between public and private cybersecurity organizations.
Policy makers from government and state agencies and cybersecurity experts from the public sector that form the council will work together to ensure improved communication and to promote the sharing of threat intelligence and technology, in an effort to battle evolving cyber threats in the region.
According to Microsoft, the initiative builds on the need for governments to build cyber-defense strategies and keep the region protected from attacks through strong collaboration with tech companies, given that private organizations own most of the necessary technology infrastructure.
“Cyberthreats and attacks are inevitable in this interconnected world, which is why our collective strength and collaboration as a community is imperative. [This is] the first step towards defending our communities in cyberspace with the founding members that include government leaders, policymakers, regulators, industry stakeholders across the region,” said Sherie Ng, General Manager, Public Sector, Microsoft Asia Pacific.