Government Security Program
Microsoft recognizes that people will only use technology they trust, and we strive to demonstrate our commitment to building this trust through transparency and confidential security information. This program is offered to qualified governments to participate.
The Microsoft Government Security Program (GSP) builds trust through transparency. The GSP provides participants with the confidential security information and resources they need to trust Microsoft’s products and services. GSP participants currently include over 45 countries and international organizations represented by more than 90 agencies. Participation enables controlled access to source code, exchange of threat and vulnerability information, engaging on technical content about Microsoft’s products and services and access to five globally-distributed Transparency Centers.
Online Source Offering
The Online Source offering enables online access to view source code. Microsoft provides access through a secure web portal that provides select source code in a read-only format to Microsoft products such as Windows, Office, SharePoint Server, and Exchange Server.
Transparency Center Offering
Transparency Centers (TCs) are a vital component of the Government Security Program. TCs provide participating agencies with an opportunity to visit a controlled and secure facility to conduct deep levels of source code inspection and analysis. TCs are also an excellent showcase to demonstrate Microsoft’s commitment to security and transparency. Visits can be offered at any of the five Microsoft locations around the world that host these facilities.
Information Sharing and Exchange Offering
The Information Sharing and Exchange offering provides data about threats and vulnerabilities and a communication channel with Microsoft security and response teams.
Technical Data Offering
The Technical Data offering provides access to information about products and services. This includes technical documentation about Microsoft’s products and cloud services, opportunities to access Microsoft engineers to address specific topics, and security-specific technical trips to Microsoft facilities for deeper face-to-face conversations.
Building trust with customers and partners is central to our business success. Microsoft is committed to delivering technology innovation while maintaining the timeless value of privacy and security. Through the assurance programs in Microsoft we enable qualified, governments, partners, enterprises, and international organizations access to artifacts that demonstrate our commitment to building trust. These include the above-mentioned Government Security Program, an Enterprise Security Program and the Service Trust Portal.