Germany steps up leadership in cybersecurity

Cyberattacks are on the rise worldwide, but many countries are making strides in promoting and developing cybersecurity by developing policy frameworks, encouraging investment in research and development, and by driving awareness of cybersecurity best practices. Germany is one of the countries that has been trying to increase the cybersecurity of its broader online ecosystem for a number of years and is today more committed to that goal than ever. And … Read more »

Confidence building measures can make a huge difference to the global online economy

The continuing advancements of the Internet and associated technologies have brought new opportunities to governments, businesses, and private citizens. At the same time, they have also exposed them to new risks. However, Internet adoption has not been even and countries or economies have come online in different ways and at varied paces. As a result, awareness of cyber risk and approaches to managing it can differ greatly between jurisdictions. This is a … Read more »

Rules-making in technology: Examining the past and predicting the future

Are the rules and regulations being put in place today, from the Chinese cybersecurity law to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), going to be appropriate for the world 10 years from now? And if not, should this be of concern?  To answer these questions, we need to learn from the past. The technology concerns of 10 years ago are still with us in some ways, e.g. worries about … Read more »

Cybersecurity norms challenge remains

Despite the differences that exist between governments, there is a growing recognition around the world that attacks on the security and stability of the Internet threaten all nations’ interests. The reality driving this alignment is that both emerging and developed economies are internet-dependent and, equally significantly, that malicious actors can use ubiquitous technologies to attack critical systems and infrastructure. While cybercrime by non-state actors must be dealt with, it is … Read more »

Artificial intelligence and cybersecurity: The future is here

Although we’re a very long way from putting artificial intelligence (AI) in charge of national defense, the use of AI in cybersecurity isn’t science fiction. The ability of machines to rapidly analyze and respond to the unprecedented quantities of data is becoming indispensable as cyberattacks’ frequency, scale and sophistication all continue to increase. The research being done today shows that automated cybersecurity systems can do many things with only limited … Read more »

Cybersecurity and cyber-resilience – Equally important but different

The  October Mirai-based IoT attack demonstrated an important and often neglected consequence of technology’s expansion into every aspect of our daily lives, as well as into the systems that underpin our economies and societies. We have never been as exposed to cyberattacks and because technology’s pervasiveness in our lives the possible consequences of attacks, such as the one that occurred last month, are going to be more widespread and troublesome … Read more »

Microsoft’s Perspective on the Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Roles for Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT)

Microsoft recently filed comments with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on the benefits, challenges, and potential roles for the government in fostering the advancement of IoT, which can be read here. In addition to commending NTIA for undertaking this timely public consultation and for providing comments received for public review, I wanted to summarize Microsoft’s policy perspectives and recommendations. Microsoft’s comments encourage … Read more »

Survival of the most (cyber) resilient

By 2045, more than 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas, giving cities a level of power and importance unrivaled in all of human history. But its leaders must also face new challenges that once were just the domain of the nation state, including unemployment and gentrification, climate change, terrorism, and the impact of rapid digitization. Because cities wish to thrive, rather than merely survive, many are … Read more »

Microsoft publishes guide for secure and efficient integration of cloud services into government operations

Estimates show that the global cloud computing market grew by 28 percent last year. Cloud is becoming an established technology for conducting and enabling business. Likewise, around the world, public sector cloud adoption is on the rise. The IDC predicts that public sector spending on cloud services will grow to $128 billion by 2018, more than doubling the amount spent in 2014. Governments are no longer determining if they’ll move … Read more »

Cyber Resilience: rethinking risk management

The rapid pace of technological evolution and dramatic increases in connectivity are sparking discussion about what systemic cyber risks what might look like and how best manage them. In late April, Microsoft partnered with the World Economic Forum Council on Risk and Resilience on a workshop addressing the topics of systemic cyber risk and possible approaches to avert the dangers it poses. The interactive workshop focused on the financial services, … Read more »