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Microsoft rolls out cybersecurity awareness campaign in India

James Walker | 22 November 2017 at 15:59

Tech giant ramps up commitment to Digital India initiative.

Ahead of this year’s Global Conference on Cyberspace, Microsoft India has launched a nationwide campaign to increase awareness of cybersecurity in the country.

Aimed at a wide gamut of audiences, from enterprises to school children, Microsoft said the campaign underlines its commitment to the government-led Digital India vision and making cyberspace safer.

The initiatives under the Intelligent Security program include Microsoft’s partnership with several organization across sectors to establish a chief information security officer (CISO) board in India.

The objective of the board is to foster a “deep and continuous engagement” with the CISO community and share information and knowledge about latest developments in cybersecurity as well best techniques and practices, through discussions and tools such as white papers on critical security topics.

The tech giant will also launch a range of cybersecurity workshops for private enterprises; host a series of webinars focused on the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); and spearhead cybersecurity awareness programs aimed at school children.

“Cybersecurity is vital for Digital India,” said Anat Maheshwari, president of Microsoft India. “A data-driven economy can flourish only when governments, businesses and individuals leverage the power of cloud computing with the confidence that their data is secure.”

The initiative was rolled out on the first anniversary of Microsoft’s India Cybersecurity Engagement Center. Over the past 12 months the center has helped 126 organizations to secure their systems and help reduce malware and digital risk in the county.