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Here’s Where Microsoft Opened a Cybersecurity and ‘Transparency’ Outpost

Oct 04, 2016

Microsoft continues its efforts to build trust with foreign governments.

The technology giant announced on Tuesday that it opened a new so-called transparency and cybersecurity center in Singapore. The new center will be open to participating government agencies in the Asia-Pacific region to look at the source code of Microsoft products, access cybersecurity threat information, and consult with Microsoft security staff on security issues.

The new center follows a similar announcement in September when Microsoft said it would open a transparency center in Beijing, which is slated to open later this fall.

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With the new Singapore and Beijing centers, Microsoft will now have four global transparency centers, with the other two being in Redmond, Wash. and in Brussels, Belgium.

“Public-private partnerships are key to strengthening national cybersecurity,” said Toni Townes-Whitley, Microsoft's corporate vice president of worldwide public sector, in a statement. “The opening of the Microsoft regional Transparency Center in Singapore to serve the wider Asia-Pacific region, advances our worldwide commitment to drive transparency, security and trust in digital technologies in the mobile-first and cloud-first world.”

The transparency centers factor into Microsoft’s government security program, established in 2003 to give governments access to source code and cybersecurity data. Microsoft said that roughly 40 countries and international organizations participate in the program, “with 10 participants from Asia-Pacific.”

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Members of Microsoft’s government security program also gain access to the transparency centers.

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