Each year, there are close to 400 million victims of cybercrime globally, costing public and private organisations billions of dollars in losses. What’s more, the increasingly ubiquitous connectivity of both consumers and businesses means malware and cyber threats are accelerating across the globe. No one government, company or organisation can successfully fight cybercrime alone – the need for trans-national knowledge-sharing and strategic collaboration between public and private organisations to build a strong foundation for future innovation has never been more paramount.
It is within this context that Microsoft recently launched its first combined Transparency Center and Cybersecurity Center, here in Singapore. This unique joint facility will, for the first time, bring together Microsoft capabilities in a single location in Asia-Pacific to deliver a holistic approach to serving the security needs of both the public and private sector and building a trusted and secure computing environment, a critical enabler for digital transformation.
Supported by 10 Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) attorneys, 2 DCU investigators and 6 business analysts, the Centre provides a continuous feed of real-time cybersecurity threat information. The Microsoft team of international legal and technical experts leverages the Centre’s tools to aggregate and apply collated data as well as proactively share cybercrime-fighting best-practices with customers and industry partners on a global scale.
Members were given a tour of the Centre's facilities and a presentation by Keshav S Dhakad, Regional Director of the Digital Crimes Unit in Microsoft Asia. They also had the opportunity to network in a small reception accompanied with light snacks provided by the centre.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Andrew is Senior Director, Corporate Communications Microsoft Asia. He has worked for the company for over two decades, initially in the UK and, for the last 14 years, here in Asia.
Andrew is responsible for promoting, protecting and defending the image and reputation of Microsoft in Asia, including Japan, India, China and Asia-Pacific, leading a team of highly committed Communications professionals and building new communication capabilities.
He serves on the Board of the British Chamber of Commerce and currently chairs their ICT Committee.
Keshav is the Regional Director of Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit in Asia. He is also the chairman of Business Software Alliance Asia Committee.
Prior to joining Microsoft in 2007, Keshav was a partner with the Intellectual Property (IP) law firm of Anand & Anand in New Delhi and headed its IT and E-commerce legal department. Keshav graduated in law from the University of Delhi in 1999 and completed his Masters (LLM) in IP law from the Franklin Pierce Law Center, USA. He worked with the law firm of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard in New York City before returning to Anand & Anand in New Delhi.
Keshav obtained his license to practice law before the New York State Bar in 2003.