Microsoft is planning to fight online security threats directly with a new Cyber Defense Operations Center. The company announced the new center as part of its Microsoft Government Cloud Forum it held in Washington, D.C.
Microsoft says it has three goals in online security: protecting any endpoints that could be accessed, along with detecting any threats to those endpoints. Finally, Microsoft wants to respond more quickly to those threats and shut them down. The Cyber Defense Operations Center is a way to do just that. Microsoft says:
"This state-of-the-art facility brings together security response experts from across the company to help protect, detect and respond to threats in real-time. Staffed with dedicated teams 24×7, the center has direct access to thousands of security professionals, data analysts, engineers, developers, program managers, and operations specialists throughout Microsoft to ensure rapid response and resolution to security threats. Informed by decades of experience working with the industry to fight threats on a global scale, the center maintains critical connections with industry security partners, governments and enterprise customers, and engages Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit when law enforcement needs arise."
The company also announced the formation of the Microsoft Enterprise Cybersecurity Group, a group of experts that can be available to help business and enterprise customers with their online security needs.