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Security and Privacy

Security and Privacy

Address the issues of cyber security, strategically and effectively.

​Microsoft helps government agencies create more effective security and privacy controls for the technology of today and tomorrow. From Internet and messaging security to personal privacy protection, Microsoft has a variety of solutions to help governments address complex security needs.

A safer, more trusted Internet

End to End Trust is our vision for a safer, more trusted Internet. This vision can only be achieved through broad cross-industry collaboration and alignment. Microsoft has identified three key areas of focus needed to realize this vision:

Security and privacy fundamentals

Our goal is to build more secure software with privacy in mind. To guide our development activities, we use:

  • The Security Development Lifecycle
  • Privacy guidelines for developing software products and services
  • Defense in-depth
  • Threat mitigation
Technology innovations

Innovative technology is required to create greater trust on the Internet. This includes:

  • A trusted stack with security rooted in hardware
  • The ability to establish trust between systems end-to-end
  • In-person proofing and an identity metasystem
Social, economic, political, and ICT alignment

To enable change, technological innovation must be aligned with social, economic, political, and information and communication technology (ICT) forces. To that end, we work to engage in dialogue, collaboration, and consensus-building with customers, partners, industry, and governments.

Security for good governance

Governments are under extreme pressure to provide improved services with reduced costs. You need to increase collaboration, empower people, and share resources more effectively - all while protecting your assets and infrastructure. Our security products, including Microsoft Forefront, offer secure messaging, secure collaboration, information protection, and identity and access management. 

Empowering people to manage personal information

In a global economy that relies on a massive exchange of information, protecting privacy is critical. Microsoft believes that citizens have the right to control their own personal information, to be selective about the communications they receive, and to trust the technologies, services, and solutions they use on a regular basis.

Privacy protections are essential for building confidence in the Internet and helping people make better decisions online. Building trust requires collaboration with customers, partners, the technology industry, and governments worldwide.

Because of our extensive experience building privacy protections into our product and service offerings, we are able to offer government officials and policymakers:

  • Information and guidance on current privacy issues and topics such as cloud computing.
  • Materials and resources designed to help inform and protect the public.