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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.
Today, the Federal Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten announced that if Labor was to form Government after the next election, it would establish a $4.5 million grant program to fund initiatives that inspire girls to learn code.The proposed grant program would support a range of industry-led or grassroots initiatives that have emerged to encourage young people, particularly girls, to explore coding.
Today, we are thrilled to announce Microsoft Australia’s Windows 10 #UpgradeYourWorldAU community investment of US$500,000 cash, to be shared equally across ten nonprofits that are making a real difference to our local communities. We have selected the first five local nonprofits who will each receive a donation of US$50,000. We now want Australians to have their say, and help us to crowdsource the remaining five local nonprofits to receive a donation!
At Microsoft, we are committed to celebrating those who inspire others and make an impact in their community and around the world. Today’s Australian launch is part of the global Windows 10 #UpgradeYourWorld initiative, a year-long initiative that celebrates people and organisations doing great things, with a total global investment of US$10 million.
To nominate an Australian organisation, jump on social media, use the hashtags #UpgradeYourWorldAU and #Vote, plus tag your favourite nonprofit on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Today, Minister for Justice the Hon. Michael Keenan and AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin encouraged Australians to continue their efforts to locate those still missing at the launch of International Missing Children’s Day 2015.
The day will be recognised globally on Monday 25 May, with this year’s focus being on the safe location and recovery of children who have been abducted by a parent.
Commissioner Colvin said the location and recovery of missing children, including those taken by a parent, is often a collaborative law enforcement and community effort.
The AFP Facebook page is encouraging the community to replace their profile picture with a ‘Help bring them home’ white balloon to raise awareness of missing children on the day. Visit the Help Bring Them Home website to release a balloon of a missing child in support.
Parents were also alerted to the Australia Police Child ID App, which has been developed to assist parents immediately provide their child’s information to the police in the event that a child does go missing.
This week marks the start of this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Week. Microsoft is proud to be a continued supporer of this important initiative from the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce.
If you haven’t stopped and thought about how you keep your private information secure, chances are you could be leaving it wide open for scammers to steal. When scammers get your details, they can use them for all sorts of identity crime such as making unauthorised purchases on your credit card, or using your identity to open accounts such as banking, telephone or energy services, take out loans or carry out other illegal business under your name.
Patching of security vulnerabilities is the single most important activity any organisation can undertake to secure their information systems. Having modern, up-to-date and fully patched software is essential to providing a foundation on which other security controls can be overlaid. This is reflected by Australian Signals Directorate guidance that specifically calls out patching of operating systems and applications as two of the Top 4 mitigations against cyber intrusion.
I’d like to share with you some important news about the Certification of Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). Today, ASD established a Certified Cloud Services List and published a revised Information Security Manual (ISM) that provides a streamlined and effective way to verify the security of cloud services.
We know that considerations around security, privacy and compliance are essential to how you evaluate and realise value from cloud services. So I’d like to share with you some recent progress Microsoft has made in this regard as we announce the availability of Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft CRM Online from local Australian data centres.
It takes a special kind of talent, lots of dedication, a dose of hard work – but most importantly – a brilliant idea to turn a ‘brainwave’ into a successful start-up business. And with the launch of Microsoft’s Innovation Centre South Australia (MICSA) this week, innovation and talent has proved to be alive and well in South Australia.
The MICSA will act as a hub of innovation for people to exchange ideas, share resources, be mentored and build on each other’s strengths, taking their idea on a successful start-up journey. Microsoft believes young technology start-ups are the engine room of innovation, so it’s no surprise that five of its foundation members are a testament to the power of ideas: myEvidence, Codies, LASH, Makers Empire and Jemsoft.
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.