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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.
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.
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.
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.