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Record software donations

Microsoft Australia reached new heights with the Software Donation Program last financial year donating more than $50 million dollars’ worth of software to over 3,300 community organisations. 

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    Microsoft Cloud Adopts Global Privacy Standard

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    Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it was the first major cloud provider to adopt the international standard for cloud privacy - ISO/IEC 27018 . ISO/IEC 27018 was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to establish...
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    Commonwealth Bank joins ThinkUKnow cyber safety program to keep children safe

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    As a proud founding ThinkUKnow partner, Microsoft is delighted to welcome the Commonwealth Bank to the ThinkUKnow program.

    The Commonwealth Bank Group has today signed onto the ThinkUKnow cyber safety program to help keep Australian children safe online.
    Ninety-five per cent of children use the internet regularly, with eight-year-olds online daily, and for 41 per cent of children it serves as their ‘second screen’ between 7 and 9pm on school nights. A growing number are engaging with ‘friends’ and ‘followers’ via Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and Kik.
     
    The Commonwealth Bank will now help to promote the ThinkUKnow program and provide volunteers to deliver cyber safety sessions across the country, in partnership with law enforcement officers and founding industry partners Microsoft and Datacom, as part of a three-year sponsorship agreement.

    Since the ThinkUKnow program launched in 2009, more than 37 000 parents, carers, teachers, and community members have participated in the initiative.

    ThinkUKnow delivers training to parents, carers and teachers through schools and organisations across Australia on how to make the online experience safer for children.

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    Safer Internet Day 2015: Keep a positive online reputation

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    Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer at Microsoft, provides handy tips to raise awareness on Safer Internet Day, 10 February 2015

    At Microsoft, we encourage individuals of all ages to take charge of their digital reputations by regularly following some important guidance.

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    Microsoft supports non-profit IT adoption

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    Microsoft believes Non-Profit organisations can use technology to achieve even greater outcomes for the communities they serve. To be agile, an organisation requires the right technology, the right processes and willing people, to get the most of every...
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    Microsoft welcomes Government’s Innovation Agenda and Small Business support

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    This week Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched the Australian Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy designed to drive economic diversity, encourage entrepreneurship and develop and support new enterprises.

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    Microsoft welcomes Australian Government’s ‘Cloud First’ Policy

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    Microsoft Australia welcomes the change in the Australian Government’s policy on cloud computing.


    The new policy landscape commits the Government to actively consider cloud services, streamlines the approval process for cloud, while reinforcing the need for risk-based decision making and compliance with Government security requirements.


    Cloud services provide Government with an amazing platform for innovation and service delivery.


    This revised policy should enable greater adoption of cloud by agencies while appropriately safeguarding against risks.


    Supporting Government to undertake this risk assessment has been the focus of our recent cloud assurance work and IRAP assessment.


    We congratulate the Attorney-General, the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Communications on this constructive approach to cloud.

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    Industry-leading security milestone for Microsoft Azure in Australia

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    To fully realise the benefits of cloud computing, Microsoft recognises that we must do everything possible to provide our customers with the confidence that their data is secure, protected and handled with the utmost care. At Microsoft, we base our approach on decades of experience, a strong commitment to security, privacy, and transparency, and adherence to leading industry practices.

    As we head towards general availability of the Microsoft Azure Australia Geo, I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft Azure has achieved a key milestone in the form of a successful Industry Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) compliance assessment of Australian Government security requirements*.

    Microsoft Azure is the first and only public cloud service to provide this level of security assurance in Australia

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    Minister launches ThinkUKnow Presentation in Stirling, WA

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    Yesterday the Minister for Justice, The Hon Michael Keenan, returned to his home electorate of Stirling, Western Australia, to launch a ThinkUKnowcyber safety presentation.

    The ThinkUKnow program works to educate parents, teachers and carers about the risks faced online and provide help in creating a safer online experience for our youth and children. Since the pilot program commenced in 2009, more than 28,000 parents, carers, teachers and community members have participated.

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    Verifying the Security of Cloud Services for Australian Government

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    James Kavanagh, Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft Australia

    The Australian Attorney Generals Department has released a revised framework for assessing compliance and risk for cloud services. Microsoft welcomes this forward-looking guidance that describes a streamlined decision-making process while reinforcing the need for risk assessment and compliance with Australian security requirements. 

     Microsoft is making available an assurance handbook consistent with this new guidance that enables any organisation to compare alternative cloud services on the basis of capability, compliance and risk.  This handbook is technology and service agnostic and can be used for any cloud service from any cloud provider.   

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    Helping children become safe and secure online

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    Microsoft takes the safety of children online seriously. Through our partnership with the AFP & Datacom on the ThinkUKnow program In Australia, we aim educate parents on how they can keep their children safe online every day of the year. 

    Microsoft partners with the Australian Government to support the Stay Smart Online initiative. Stay Smart Online Week will be held 2 to 6 June 2014. This year’s theme – ‘On The Go’ - reflects the importance of staying safe and secure online while using mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, which are used to stay connected for social networking, banking, shopping, and navigating the internet.

    Abul Rizvi, Deputy Secretary of the Australian Government’s Department of Communications, shares tips about online safety for children.

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