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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
In exactly a month’s time, Australia’s privacy regulatory regime will change. New amendments to the Privacy Act come into force on 12 March 2014.
Microsoft Australia welcomes the incoming Privacy Act amendments.
Contrary to some reports, the new amendments to the Privacy Act are not bad for cloud services.
The new amendments just help to clarify that if an enterprise or Federal Government agency collects personal information, they are ultimately responsible for protecting the privacy of that information.
It does mean that Enterprises and governments should do their research.
Microsoft welcomes Queensland Police Service, Western Australia Police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia to the ThinkUKnow program. The partnership will help deliver more training to more parents on this extremely important topic, resulting in a safer online environment for children. We are proud to be a part of the program supporting Safer Internet Day.
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Today, during National Child Protection Week (NCPW), ThinkUKnow was awarded ‘Outstanding Prevention Initiative’ by the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, at the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) ‘Play Your Part’ Awards Breakfast.
Microsoft is proud of this important partnership with the Australian Federal Police, which is also supported by Datacom and ninemsn, and delighted to receive the award on behalf of the 260 volunteers involved in the program.ThinkUKnow educates parents and carers of children around Australia on how to stay safe online. The program aims to open the lines of communication between adults and children so that activity on the Internet is as much a topic of discussion as what happened at school that day or in sport.