Microsoft invests $5 billion to bolster Cyber Shield of Australia

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has unveiled Microsoft’s Cyber Shield, a substantial commitment to bolster the nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure with a $5 billion investment. The announcement was made during the Prime Minister’s visit to the Australian embassy in Washington, D.C., with the presence of Brad Smith, the head of the prominent tech company.

This substantial investment by Microsoft is slated to take place over the course of five years, focusing on enhancing and implementing cloud technology and artificial intelligence.

The Australian Signals Directorate, a prominent national agency responsible for safeguarding against cyber warfare and security threats, will utilize this investment to establish a cybersecurity defense mechanism known as MACS, short for “Microsoft Australian Signals Directorate Cyber Shield.”

MACS will collaborate closely with experts and the military to fortify Australia’s national infrastructure against cyber threats sponsored by nation-states, including but not limited to China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran. While Brad Smith did not explicitly name any specific nations, he alluded to previous digital attacks on an insurance firm and a telecom company.

Prime Minister Albanese has pledged that Australia will achieve a high level of cyber resilience by the year 2030.

In parallel, Microsoft is gearing up to construct nine new data centers throughout Australia, complementing the existing 20 server facilities in Melbourne, Canberra, and Sydney. This expansion is in response to the surging demand for cloud services, with the goal of meeting this demand by 2026.

Furthermore, Microsoft has ambitious plans to establish a “Data Centre Academy” in collaboration with TAFE NSW, designed to provide training for 200 professionals every two years, and to support over 300,000 Australians in acquiring essential digital skills.

 

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Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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