Microsoft’s Cybersecurity Engagement Center in India

Editor’s note: In year 2016, Microsoft launched the first full-scale Cybersecurity Engagement Center (CSEC) in Gurugram, India. Prior to the establishment of CSEC, Microsoft started off by creating data centers in India and had announced to open CSEC in India. In 2018, CSEC is finally operational.

Aim of CSEC

  • It would act as a fuel for public-private partnerships in India to combat cyber crimes.
  • Promoting healthy balance and regenerate the cooperation between government and other organizations primarily working on the different agendas of cybersecurity.
  • Commitment to prevent netizen’s from various Internet-based threats by keeping a continual check on vulnerabilities.
  • It gives a holistic approach to bring together  Microsoft’s Digital Crime Unit consisting of investigators, incident response team and legal experts.
  • Carrying digital risk management analysis.
  • CSEC would amalgamate company’s technical expertise with upcoming technology’s proficiency to achieve better outcomes.
  • It would work in collaboration with Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) and National Cybersecurity coordinator to reduce risks evolved from digital transformation and promote cyber safe environment.
  • A devoted Indian response team would offer cyber monitoring, counter measurement and analysis as a part of  Microsoft Consultancy Services (MCS).

Microsoft’s Digital Crime Unit (DCU)

Microsoft’s DCU is entrusted with mitigating global threats in cyberspace including malware and ransomware to reduce digital risks. It investigates for loopholes and vulnerabilities to directly mitigate them or manage to cause lesser evil. It aims to protect population out of the limb.

How will Microsoft achieve this?

  • Cybersecurity training to its own team;
  • Prepare the trained team to provide awareness to citizens;
  • Combining Digital data analytics, security forensics and related legal game plan to protect consumers;
  • Keeping child’s online safety as a first priority to be tackled. ( Indian innocent children are more easily targeted with Child pornography)
  • Establish global safer internet practices.
  • Establish preventive action for a safer digital ecosystem.
  • Microsoft’s continual investment in technology, tools, and partnership to provide safer digital experience to every soul on this planet.
  • Further, CSEC will adopt Microsoft’s DCU cyber threat intelligence program to treat infectious malware, provide malware threat assessment plan, and provide information for IP infrastructures.
  • The algorithm of Microsoft’s threat analytics is based on famous “Machine learning” mechanism whereby it would learn from the behavior of organizations and help consumers from followed cyber attacks.
  • Additionally, Microsoft’s advanced threat protection promises safer email environment (Example: Spams, Phishing) and other identity frauds( identity theft, identity impersonation).

Indian Cybersecurity risks-

Since 2017, the CSEC team has been spanning across the nation and have met over 100 organizations to determine the root cause of cyber threats and risks. As a conclusion, CSES outlines three types of cyber risks in India:

  1. Irregular management and non-regulation of Information technology assets, it’s usage and maintenance.
  2. Organizations and its employers are unaware of cyber ethics and therefore poor cyber hygiene.
  3. Inappropriate or no mechanism for monitor incidents and events causing cyber threats.


Author’s note:

I hope CSEC advances the rooted Indian cyber security and it’s related aspects in all public and private organizations.  The millenial generation is so engrossed with the (mis)use of Internet despite the threats and challenges posed by it. As India prepares to be the leader in number of internet users across the globe, initiatives like CSEC were imperative. CSEC has been set to work at just the right time when there is a dire need to mitigate digital risks and threats.


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Gurleen Kaur

Gurleen is a 5th year Techno-Legal student who aspires to build a better Cyber space for the netizen's. She is fond of researching in the field of Cyber security and loves to delve into the gap between technology and law. She is passionate about writing on diverse legal issues impacting citizens.